Second Annual National Tradesmen Day (NTD) September 21 News & Opinion

2012 National Tradesmen Day (NTD) September 21


Last year we covered the Irwin-initiated National Tradesmen Day (NTD). Now the second annual NTD will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, and IRWIN Tools is again encouraging all Americans to make plans to recognize America’s tradesmen. Why tradesmen? These are the men and women who are the backbone of our great nation. These are our country’s skilled craftsmen, the people who continue to build this country and keep it running day in and day out. Tradesmen are, rather unfortunately, being declared second-hand citizens by some – and meanwhile, their skills are in high demand with not enough apprenticing going on to make up for the employment gap. College degrees are great, but that degree isn’t better than learning a trade – it’s just a different vocational and educational choice. Our contention, and I think one that is shared by many, including IRWIN, is that tradesmen should be proud of their incredible skills and talents. And we agree that they deserve a day of their own; a day to be recognized for their hard work, which is often performed in difficult environments under stressful conditions. That’s what National Tradesmen Day is all about.

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National Tradesmen Day is held each year on the 3rd Friday in September. The idea is that this will be a day when the nation can reflect on and thank the skilled workers that make this country work. These are the auto mechanics, roofers, bricklayers, plumbers, woodworkers, electricians, carpenters, and others who make this country work and grow. During last year’s inaugural National Tradesmen Day festivities, many people found ways to show appreciation and gratitude for tradesmen by holding celebrations, recognition events and activities throughout the country.

“Last year, it was so incredible to see the appreciation and surprise of tradesmen who were honored on jobsites across the country, and also at events like the 2011 IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, when IRWIN invited 250 professional tradesmen to give the command for drivers to start their engines. Without these hard working men and women, America’s infrastructure and our way of life would come to a screeching halt. It’s vitally important that we say thanks.”

– Curt Rahilly, Vice President of Marketing for IRWIN Tools

This year, IRWIN is coordinating multiple activities throughout the nation and is partnering with retailers and community groups for National Tradesmen Day celebrations. Here is how you can show your appreciation of skilled tradesmen this year:

  1. Call your favorite handyman and simply say “thanks for all you do.”
  2. Stop by a local jobsite where tradesmen are working and leave a box of donuts or cookies.
  3. Buy a tradesman coffee when you stop by a convenience store.
  4. If your friend, husband, wife, daughter, or son is a tradesman, make September 21 an extra special day for him/her.
  5. Support trade schools that train America’s future tradesmen, and urge Congress to adopt workforce development policies for skilled trades.
  6. Talk with your kids about the endless career opportunities in a skilled trade, and visit SkillsUSA.org to learn more about a national organization serving teachers, high school and college students preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations.

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For more information about National Tradesmen Day, visit www.nationaltradesmenday.com.

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