The Raymond Corporation will kick off its ninth annual Manufacturing Day event, “The Raymond Corporation’s 2023 Virtual Manufacturing Day,” on October 6 in recognition of ‘National Manufacturing Day,’ a yearly celebration of the manufacturing industry organized by the National Association of Manufacturers since 2012.

This is the fourth year Raymond’s Manufacturing Day will be an entirely virtual event, according to the company's September 26 news release. This online program, starting Oct. 6 and continuing through Oct. 27, will help teachers and students learn more about future careers in modern manufacturing. 

Raymond_Virtual Learning.pngStudents from schools worldwide will have the opportunity to “…learn about building skills for the future through a virtual manufacturing facility tour, highlights of industry technology and discussions” with Raymond’s associates and leadership team.

“We’re excited to shine a light on the incredible advancements happening in the material handling industry and hope to ignite curiosity and passion in the next generation of innovators,” said Tony Topencik, vice president of operations, quality, environmental health and safety at The Raymond Corporation. 

“It’s crucial to recognize that there will always be a demand for skilled workers who play essential roles in keeping our supply chains running smoothly,” Topencik added. “We’re dedicated to creating an environment where individuals can thrive and make their mark in shaping the future of manufacturing.”

For more than a century, Raymond has been a leader in manufacturing, engineering and the material handling industry, and the company proudly touts the recognition in leadership and innovation through various awards it has received over the years, including:

  • Forbes Best Midsize Employer, 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • Manufacturing Leadership Award, 2021, 2022
  • IndustryWeek Best Plants Award, 2018, 2022
  • Plant Engineering Product of the Year Award, 2020, 2023          

“Raymond’s commitment to innovation and nurturing the next generation of leaders in manufacturing helps ensure that they have the tools and resources required to make a positive impact on the supply chain,” said Randy Wolken, president and CEO at Manufacturers Association of Central New York. 

“We are proud to be part of their journey as they continue to drive progress and shape the future of this dynamic industry right here in the heart of New York state,” Wolken added.

What: The Raymond Corporation will host its ninth annual Manufacturing Day event. 

  • The month-long event, kicking off Oct. 6, will be a self-guided, interactive exploration of The Raymond Corporation, including:
  • A virtual factory tour, in which students can explore Raymond’s manufacturing floor.
  • Associate testimonials from Raymond’s headquarters in Greene, New York, covering its apprentice program, co-op program, and various departments on its manufacturing floor.
  • A technician spotlight will showcase two Raymond Solutions and Support Centers across the United States.
  • Industry technology showcasing the future of manufacturing.

When: Starting 8 a.m., Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 

  • NOTE: This is not a live event; participants can join at their convenience through Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, at 5 p.m.
  • The experience is expected to take approximately one hour to complete. 


Who: Through teacher registration

  • This virtual event is open to all middle and high school students globally. 

Interview Subjects:

  • Steve VanNostrand, executive vice president at The Raymond Corporation
  • Tony Topencik, vice president of operations, quality, environmental health and safety at The Raymond Corporation.

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