What is Manufacturing Month? October officially became #ManufacturingMonth back in 2011, when the Fabricators and Manufacturers’ Association wanted to make the industry more accessible to the public, including students and jobseekers. One year later, the first-ever national Manufacturing Day successfully launched over 200 events. Each year, on the first Friday of the month, manufacturers nationwide hold job fairs, factory tours, seminars, and other events to highlight industry career opportunities.

At Byrne, every day is a celebration of manufacturing—and the dedicated people who make it all possible. A career in manufacturing can be extremely rewarding and profitable. At Byrne, starting salaries range from $19 to $30 depending on the position.

Opportunities to Grow

The manufacturing industry is unique in that it offers plenty of career advancement opportunities. For example, many employees begin in an entry-level position and, with hard work and training, advance to management or supervisor roles. Lauran, a production supervisor at Byrne Dewitt, is one such employee. Lauran began her career with Team Byrne as a filler operator, then advanced to a floater and then lead. Her vast knowledge of how all the equipment runs and her sense of pride in her work played an important part in her career advancement. In her new role, Lauran is responsible for overseeing safety, quality, and productivity during shifts, as well as conducting employee reviews and maintaining team morale.

Employee Spotlight: Lauran, Production Supervisor, Byrne Dewitt

Why did you choose a career in manufacturing?

When I first started in manufacturing, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, and had little to no experience. I guess I could probably say it wasn’t an initial choice, at the time I really was just looking for a full-time job closer to where I lived, which was here in Syracuse. I heard Byrne was having a job fair looking for entry level operators, so I went to see what it was all about. It looked like a great opportunity that was closer to my home. They hired me on the spot.


Tell us about your educational and professional background.

I grew up in a very small town and graduated from North Rose –Wolcott High School. I did apply to a community college where I was interested in studying Business Management. I quickly realized it was not for me, at least not at that place and time in my life. I immediately started looking for work. I ended up in Clyde, NY, where I worked for a small metal machinery facility that only employed seven people, including myself.


What do you enjoy most about working in manufacturing?

The most enjoyable thing about my current job/position is the fast paced, problem solving “never know what you’re going to get” environment. I think the best way to describe it is almost like a constant puzzle that needs solving, and I long for that. The brainstorming, the troubleshooting, the continuous need to change and adjust. Knowing that my team can count on me, and I can count on them! Also, the teamwork between departments. The amount of advancement available. Those are a few of my favorite things about manufacturing!


What advice would you offer to someone thinking about a career in manufacturing?

My advice to anyone looking to start a career in manufacturing would be to “show up and show out.” Be teachable and focused. Most equipment and procedures in manufacturing facilities are not common to the average person. It’s new, and it takes time. Show initiative to learn and retain.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Jason, a third shift supervisor at Syracuse Cold Storage, knows the importance of a great team. Since joining Byrne in early 2021, Jason worked his way up to senior warehouse operator before his recent promotion to supervisor. “Of course, I didn’t do this all on my own and want to show appreciation,” Jason said during his interview. He made sure to thank several colleagues by name and noted how they contributed to his success at Byrne.

Employee Spotlight: Jason, Third Shift Supervisor, Syracuse Cold Storage

Why did you choose a career in manufacturing?

When I first applied to SCS it was something I chose because it was close to home, and I greatly appreciate the opportunities this job has given me at work and in my outside life.


Tell us about your educational and professional background.

I graduated high school from Corcoran and went right to OCC, where I completed my two years. I worked in carpentry for a while before starting at Byrne.


What do you enjoy most about working in manufacturing?

I enjoy the fast-paced workload and watching all different shifts and facilities come together and work as a unified team to supply our customers (the stores, the farmers, consumers).


 What advice would you offer to someone thinking about a career in manufacturing?

My advice for people starting out in manufacturing is to pay attention to detail in their work, as that will go a long way, try not to overwhelm yourself as there are always co-workers and management right there ready to work with you and help you with anything you need.

A Career for Everyone

The manufacturing industry offers several different career opportunities for people with different levels of education and experience. Some manufacturing jobs only require a high school diploma, but there are also industry opportunities for those with higher education degrees in areas like technology, engineering, and science. Skills like problem solving, mechanical skills, and math are valued in this industry. From a hands-on role as a filler operator to executive leadership, there’s a career for everyone in manufacturing.

A Safe (and really cool) Workplace

A career in manufacturing does not necessarily mean a job in a factory operating equipment. There are countless roles within the industry. For example, at Byrne, there are career opportunities for maintenance mechanics, drivers, scientists, engineers, sales representatives, operators, and more! Like most manufacturers, Byrne’s facilities include state-of-the-art equipment in a safe and sanitary environment.

It’s Hard Work…It’s Important Work

Perhaps the most unique thing about a career in manufacturing is that you’ll be doing important work. At Byrne, our team members are producing products that start at local farms and make their way to family tables in 42 states! There’s a great sense of pride in the work you’ll do in manufacturing that is difficult to duplicate in other industries.

Ready for a Career in Manufacturing?

Team Byrne is a great place to work—whether you’re new to manufacturing or seeking a change within the industry, we are currently recruiting for several opportunities. We invite you to explore our current openings, as well as the benefits we offer, and apply online today!