Women in Manufacturing

Girls Guides participate to plant tour

LETHBRIDGE, AB (January, 31, 2019) – Girl Guides between the age of 9 and 12 participated today to a tour of the Lethbridge Iron Works’ Iron Foundry organized by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). On the tour, the young women witnessed how molten metal is produced, transported to pour lines where moulds are filled with hot metal and, how the castings are ground and finished.

The participants were also introduced to Lean principles such as 5S, Kan Ban, Kaizen Projects and project management systems.

This tour is part of CME’s Women in Manufacturing initiative which aims to increase female representation in manufacturing by 100,000 in 5 years. It is critical that more women and youth be empowered to learn the manufacturing sector so we can develop the workforce of the future.
Two-thirds of manufacturers have issues today finding the workers they need and 75 per cent expect significant labour shortages in the next five years. This crisis is affecting manufacturers’ ability to perform and grow operations across the country. Our own survey results show 90 per cent of Canadians support the government taking steps on this important issue.

ABOUT CME

Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and, compete around the world. Our focus is to ensure manufacturers are recognized as engines for growth in the economy, with Canada acknowledged as both a global leader and innovator in advanced manufacturing and a global leader in exporting. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada’s exports.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Stefi Proulx
Director of Communications
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
C:  613-292-6070 | stefi.proulx@cme-mec.ca | @CME_MEC