Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.


The Official Baldrige Blog

How Can I (and the U.S. Economy) Benefit from Manufacturing Day?


The Baldrige Program recently became an endorser of Manufacturing Day, which is co-produced by several organizations, including the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), National Association of Manufacturers, Manufacturing Institute, and the Science Channel.

The goal of the day, which occurs this year on October 2 (although many states and manufacturers plan events for a full week or throughout the year), is to give manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what they and manufacturing as a whole offer to the economy. They also can work on their challenges: addressing a skilled labor shortage, connecting with future generations, taking charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensuring the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

A recent MEP blog outlined the top challenges keeping manufacturing CEOs up at night: continuous improvement, growth, workforce needs, technology needs, supply chain needs, and product innovation/development.

The Baldrige Program is a natural participant in Manufacturing Day. In 1988, it was created by Congress and named after the Secretary of Commerce to develop, educate about, and promote a criteria to help manufacturers become more competitive with their global counterparts. Baldrige continues to promote manufacturing through its products and services, including the free, downloadable, self-assessment Baldrige Excellence Builder.

If you want to learn more about how to participate, consider attending a free webinar on June 8 from 2 to 3 pm EST on how and why to get involved in Manufacturing Day. I

n addition, anyone can find a local event in his/her community that is associated with the day.

Schools and students at all levels may find particular benefit from Manufacturing Day by participating in real or virtual field trips.

About the author

Dawn Bailey

Dawn Bailey is a writer/editor for the Baldrige Program and involved in all aspects of communications, from leading the Baldrige Executive Fellows program to managing the direction of case studies, social media efforts, and assessment teams. She has more than 25 years of experience, 18 years at the Baldrige Program. Her background is in English and journalism, with degrees from the University of Connecticut and an advanced degree from George Mason University.

Related posts

Happy Holidays 2023

We wish everyone a peaceful holiday season--and look forward to launching the 2024 Baldrige Award process next month!

Happy Thanksgiving 2023

We are thankful for all who support our mission through their time, talents, and commitment to helping organizations improve and thrive.


Add new comment

Enter the characters shown in the image.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Please be respectful when posting comments. We will post all comments without editing as long as they are appropriate for a public, family friendly website, are on topic and do not contain profanity, personal attacks, misleading or false information/accusations or promote specific commercial products, services or organizations. Comments that violate our comment policy or include links to non-government organizations/web pages will not be posted.