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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 2,600 open houses and events in each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico with an estimated 400,000+ students, parents, and community members attending.

NIST MEP and its industry partners serve as co-producers. 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

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Chris visited and toured Detroit Tool & Engineering during the company’s first Manufacturing Day. Today Chris is a machinist for the company. Read More

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.


MFG Day Infographic


What Manufacturing Really Looks Like tells the story of manufacturing.  It shows how manufacturing enables our every day lives, drives our economy, offers many different rewarding careers, and what can happen when communities across the country come together to show the public what manufacturing is....

Manufacturing in america


Manufacturing in America is central to our economic strength and a driver of innovation. Manufacturing jobs are some of the best in the country, yet the public doesn't perceive them to be. And there aren't enough skilled workers to fill them. But together we can help tell the real story....