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Celebrating Manufacturing Day


November 21, 2017

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Inside Emergent, where we’ll share insights into the company and its activities. Here you will find articles about activities going on within our organization and the dedicated and talented people who are making things happen. Each month we will post one or two articles covering a range of timely and insightful topics from volunteer activities to executive profiles to company news.

In this first installment, you will learn more about how Emergent celebrated Manufacturing Day at our facilities across North America.

Lansing MFGSince our founding in 1998, we have grown from having one marketed product to eight products, a single location to presence in 13 locations and about 180 employees to approximately 1,300 employees. Manufacturing has always been one of Emergent’s core competencies and to recognize the industry, we have participated in National Manufacturing Day since its inception in 2012.

The first Friday every October, we join manufacturers around the country in inviting the public to free events to learn about the importance of manufacturing and to showcase manufacturing careers. This year, on October 6, we were excited to once again open our doors and host students for facility tours, hands-on experiments, poster sessions and career panels about jobs in manufacturing facilities, and networking events with employees. These activities serve to introduce students to manufacturing careers and encourage the next generation of workers to explore job opportunities in manufacturing.

Our president and CEO, Dan Abdun-Nabi, visited Lansing, Mich., where he spoke to the Capital Area Manufacturing Council about innovation in and outside of a manufacturing setting and participated in a press conference to kick-off Manufacturing Day. Lansing is also where the company was founded with a single product and approximately 180 employees. Today, there are 300 employees there, and the company has invested $250 million in site and infrastructure expansion during the past decade to support its critical role in national security. It is in Lansing where BioThrax® (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed), the only FDA-licensed anthrax vaccine, is manufactured.

The number of organizations participating in Manufacturing Day has grown over 1,000% since 2012, and it is estimated that the events reach nearly 600,000 people throughout the country.* In keeping with this increased engagement, our Camden and Bayview sites in Baltimore, and our Winnipeg site in Manitoba, Canada joined Lansing in hosting similar events for their communities. We were excited to greatly expand our participation and mark this year as the first that each of our sites celebrated Manufacturing Day.

We are exceptionally proud of our employees as they have made impactful contributions to the community through philanthropic endeavors and partnerships, as well as supporting education, workforce development, and training of tomorrow’s scientific leaders. Through the events they mounted, employees at all of our facilities helped counter the misperceptions about manufacturing and promote the facts about this promising career path:

  • The manufacturing industry has one of the lowest employee turnover rates (2.3 percent) among all private-sector jobs and they yield an average tenure of 9.1 years.*
  • Modern manufacturing jobs require sophisticated technical and problem-solving skills. A lot of manufacturing jobs are high-skilled, high-tech positions.*
  • The average manufacturing worker in the U.S. earns nearly $20,000 more than the average employee working in other industries.*

At Emergent, we understand the importance of manufacturing, and Manufacturing Day provides us with the opportunity to showcase our work and to talk personally with students in the community about the benefits of careers in the industry. We will continue to promote the importance of manufacturing not only each October, but also throughout the entire year.

*Source: National Association of Manufacturers