James Soto, president and CEO of Industrial Strength Marketing, a Nashville-based marketing firm and guest producer of MFG DAY, recently asked (over a plate of jambalya and a craft beer, no less), “Is it possible that Manufacturing Day is the most significant orchestration of manufacturing interests in the United States ever?" Immediately, the rest of us at the table foolishly started popping-off rejoinders like World War II and JFK’s Race to the Moon. The point of his question was not to debate the size and scale of various manufacturing events our nation has seen in the past relative to Manufacturing Day. James was challenging us to understand and appreciate the magnitude of what took place on October 4th.
MFG DAY 2013 was amazing. It demonstrated that manufacturing is everywhere. News people covered it. Politicians endorsed it. Tweeters tweeted about it. Manufacturing Day showed that manufacturing is all around us – literally and figuratively. Check out this map and click on the links of some pictures and videos to get a sense of what we mean.
According to the MFG DAY official rolls, 834 organizations, in 48 states, opened their doors to people who got to see, feel and experience manufacturing in their own community. Iconic and familiar named companies like Caterpillar, General Electric, Kawasaki, and MillerCoors opened their doors. And their communities showed up. Lesser known, but no less important companies like Cameron Valve, Power Curbers, Rosebud Manufacturing and Falcon Metal opened their doors in their communities, and their communities showed up. Glass making, metal bending, and plastic extruding companies opened their doors and their communities showed up. 3D Printer companies and hand-crafted furniture companies opened their doors. Apparel companies, breweries and candy makers opened their doors. And their communities showed up. Over 35,000 people, from communities all around the country, showed up.
And that’s not all…
We are already getting the party started for next year, so mark your calendars for October 3, 2014 and join this fantastic grassroots movement.