The National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute launched a new video series, “Making The Future”.

Washington, D.C. – On April 27th, 2021, the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute launched a new video series, “Making The Future,” as part of their Creators Wanted virtual tour happening across the country. 

Today’s first episode, “On a Roll: How Manufacturers Solved the COVID-19 Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020,” highlights how the manufacturing industry’s quick thinking and rapid innovation helped solve the toilet paper crisis last year as millions of Americans, under lockdown restrictions due to the pandemic, began panic-buying household items.

The 15-minute video showcases the resourcefulness and hard work of the manufacturing industry and provides the first-hand accounts from representatives of the American Forest & Paper Association and Procter & Gamble, makers of Charmin on how modern manufacturers saved the day—focusing on how they helped shore up the ubiquitous toilet paper shortage.

“In the last year, the manufacturing industry rapidly evolved and adapted to the changing needs of Americans in real time. We all remember the early days of the pandemic—visiting grocery stores only to find empty shelves, especially for essential household items such as toilet paper,” said MI Executive Director Carolyn Lee. “But what many people don’t realize is that thanks to the quick thinking and hard work of countless manufacturers, we were ultimately able to solve this problem and restock shelves with essential items when we needed them most. This is a striking real-world example of how our modern manufacturers find innovative solutions to everyday problems. 

“This digital series will exemplify the true ingenuity of the modern manufacturing industry and highlight the exciting, high-tech jobs available to millions of Americans.” 

The series will feature short videos exploring key topics in the news and relevant to the future of manufacturing in the United States. Major supporters for Creators Wanted are some of America’s top manufacturers, including:

  • The Dow Chemical Company; Midland, Michigan
  • Trane Technologies; Davidson, North Carolina
  • Honda; Raymond, Ohio
  • Emerson; St. Louis, Missouri
  • Toyota; Plano, Texas
  • Stanley Black & Decker; Bristol, Connecticut
  • Novelis; Guthrie, Kentucky
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals, West Columbia, South Carolina 

“We are prepared for thousands of different events, from cybersecurity attacks to earthquakes to fire, but no one is prepared for all of those happening at the same time, which is what the pandemic felt like,” said Procter & Gamble Chief Product Supply Officer Julio Nemeth. “We now essentially are undergoing a reengineering of our supply chain and adapting our operations to meet the demands of our new environment. That includes fast-tracking onboarding for new suppliers, adding distribution sites and using data to generate earlier demand-shock warnings.”

“On a Roll: How Manufacturers Solved the COVID-19 Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020”can be streamed via the NAM’s YouTube channel, on or through the MI’s FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn pages. For more information on the manufacturing industry and exciting career paths, click the corresponding links for the NAM and MI

Looking forward, the NAM and the MI will continue the Creators Wanted Tour with virtual stops across the country, focused on the mission of changing common misconceptions about careers in manufacturing and provide resources and opportunities that will help reduce the skills gap.

-American Forest & Paper Association-
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper

-The Manufacturing Institute-
The MI grows and supports the manufacturing industry’s skilled workers for the advancement of modern manufacturing. The MI’s diverse initiatives support all workers in America, including women, veterans and students, through skills training programs, community building and the advancement of their career in manufacturing. As the workforce development and education partner of the NAM, the MI is a trusted adviser to manufacturers, equipping them with resources necessary to solve the industry’s toughest challenges. For more information on the MI, please visit

The National Association of Manufacturers 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 12.3 million men and women, contributes $2.33 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 63% 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 NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit

-Procter & Gamble-
P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands. For other P&G news, visit us at