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What is Manufacturing Day?

Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for manufacturers to highlight their work and their workers and to energize a future pipeline of skilled workers.  An annual event that occurs on the first Friday of October, MFG DAY is an occasion during which manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.  All across the country, organizations showed the public what manufacturing really looks like through more than 1,660 open houses and events in each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico with an estimated 50,000 students, parents, and community members attending.  Manufacturing Day also resulted in thousands of articles, TV segments and interviews; participation from public officials; and proclamations across the country - including the first ever proclamation from the President of the United States. 

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.


Manufacturing Day Highlights

President Obama Declares National Manufacturing Day. In just three years, National Manufacturing Day has achieved more than 1,600 manufacturing plant tours and events with an estimated 100,000+ attending. On October 2nd,  President Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation declaring October 3, 2014 National Manufacturing Day.  The President stated the following in his proclamation:  “On National Manufacturing Day, more than 1,600 American manufacturers will open their doors and take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.

President Obama Speaks to Millenium Steel Service Workers

Manufacturing Day: This is your Future

Manufacturing Day: Open your Doors

For an entire playlist of Manufacturing Day Videos, please click here.


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