AMC Press Release

PING Hosts Manufacturing Day Tour, Kicks Off Monthlong Manufacturers Month Events and Tours

Phoenix – On Friday, October 2, 2015, the Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) in partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and thousands of manufacturers across the country, participated in Manufacturing Day. During this annual event, companies opened their doors to students, parents, educators, business leaders, and community leaders to showcase the many career opportunities available through manufacturing.

Manufacturing Day in Arizona featured a tour of Phoenix manufacturer PING, one of the top three golf equipment brands in the U.S. and member of the AMC. PING’s impressive facility has been in the valley for 56 years, now occupying a full city block and employing nearly 800. Manufacturing Day visitors enjoyed a warm welcome from PING Chairman and CEO, John A. Solheim, followed by a start-to-finish walk of the shop floor, culminating in a visit to the Gold Putter Vault, home to more than 2,800 gold putters, each commemorating a major tournament win by a professional golfer playing PING clubs. Decades ago, founder Karsten Solheim pioneered a winning formula, and today his children and grandchildren and the tremendous team at PING continue to manufacture excellence and innovation right here in Arizona’s backyard.

Looking forward, Arizona celebrates the incredible diversity and depth of manufacturing all month long with the entire month of October designated as Manufacturers Month. This collaborative effort among the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Arizona Manufacturers Council, RevAZ–a program of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the Arizona Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), the Arizona Technology Council, the Arizona Department of Education, and the Arizona Tooling and Machining Association (ATMA), is an excellent opportunity to increase awareness and highlight Arizona’s approximately 4,000 manufacturers who are generating $24 billion in annual manufacturing output – from microchips, to space vehicles, helicopters, guided missiles, champion putters, award-winning brews, and more.

The Arizona Manufacturers Council’s line-up of Manufacturers Month tours and events is posted at

A comprehensive list of all statewide Manufacturers Month events is posted at

“Manufacturing opens doors of opportunity for everyone,” NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said. “There are so many eager young people across the country seeking rewarding and exciting careers—and manufacturing delivers that path every day. Manufacturing Day invites everyone to see and experience firsthand how we dream, build and make our future.”

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The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans.

The Arizona Manufacturers Council, an affiliate of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is the leading manufacturing lobbying association at the state capitol, and the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. For more information about the Arizona Manufacturers Council or to follow us on Twitter or Facebook, please visit

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the National Association of Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit