Peters Joined Students from Davis Aerospace Technical High School, A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School to Discuss Future of Manufacturing
DETROIT, MI – For Michigan Manufacturing Day, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) toured Futuramic Tool & Engineering Company in Detroit with students from Davis Aerospace Technical High School and A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School to discuss career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Futuramic manufactures parts for NASA’s Orion and Space Launch System missions, which will carry some of the first humans to Mars. Michigan Manufacturing Day, which takes place on October 7th, is a national effort to celebrate American manufacturing and inspire future generations to pursue jobs in manufacturing.
“Manufacturing is in our state’s DNA. From the early days of the auto industry to the Arsenal of Democracy during World War II, Michigan has a strong tradition of making great things,” said Senator Peters. “The students here today are going to be the engineers, scientists and astronauts of the future, and they will help take us further into space than we have ever gone before. I was proud to join Futuramic and local students for Manufacturing Day to highlight Michigan’s high-tech manufacturing industry, and I will continue my efforts in the United States Senate to build a skilled workforce and ensure Michigan manufacturing continues to lead the way in innovation.”
“Many of Futuramic’s employees never dreamed they would make products that will journey to Mars, but those are exactly the kind of opportunities awaiting the designers and manufacturers of the future,” said John Couch, Vice President of Futuramic. “I’m honored to have Senator Peters join us for Manufacturing Day to encourage today’s students to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing in Michigan and create and build the technologies that will help solve our country’s biggest challenges.”
Peters is a strong supporter of Michigan’s manufacturing industry. The Senate Commerce Committee recently passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Peters to set federal science and research priorities. The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act includes provisions to improve and expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational opportunities, which will help train America’s skilled workforce.
As the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, Peters also helped introduce the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016, which provides stability for NASA to build upon existing national space investments to help advance space exploration and science missions. The legislation reaffirms the importance of NASA’s STEM education and outreach programs that encourage students to pursue opportunities in STEM fields.
Founded in 1955 and named after the Oldsmobile model, Futuramic Tool & Engineering Company began as an automotive parts supplier, and has diversified into the aerospace industry in recent years. Futuramic now supplies components for the Orion and Space Launch System deep space exploration missions, which will take humans back to the moon by 2021 and to Mars in the 2030s.