Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is an opportunity for manufacturers to highlight what's taking place on factory floors across the country 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. This year, MFG Day kicks off on Friday, October 7. Organizations show the public what manufacturing really looks like through more than 3,000 events in each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico with more than 325,000 students, parents, and community members attending.
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. Since inception, the MEP National NetworkTM has participated in MFG Day by hosting, coordinating and promoting events.
Are you a manufacturer interested in hosting an event? You can contact your local MEP Center to learn more.
You can celebrate MFG Day 2022 with the MEP National Network by attending one of the events below. This is not an exhaustive list of the many events MEP Centers are hosting or participating in across the country and in Puerto Rico.
Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Arizona MEP)
Manufacturing Month 2022 – October 1-31, 2022
The Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Arizona MEP) and the Arizona Commerce Authority are celebrating Manufacturing Month like no other. Arizona is a global leader in advanced manufacturing, especially aerospace and defense, semiconductors, optics and medical devices. The state's competitive, innovative ecosystem attracts companies worldwide to develop technological breakthroughs shaping the future—showcasing Arizona's increasing manufacturing presence. Learn more about their events at https://www.azcommerce.com/industries/manufacturing/manufacturing-month.
Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions
Lean 101 – Principles of Lean Manufacturing – October 3, 2022
Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions will conduct a LEAN 101 workshop for the community, sponsored by Rockline. The first 22 attendees can participate in the activities and other attendees will take part in the lectures. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lean-101-principles-of-lean-manufacturing-russellville-tickets-408243857367
Principles of Toyota Kata – October 5, 2022
Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions will present a Toyota Kata Workshop, held at the Russellville Chamber of Commerce. Participants will learn how Mike Rother’s 4-step Toyota Kata methodology is changing the world of Continuous Improvement. The Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata are utilized by all team members to solve every day problems, every day. Together, these Kata routines constitute the “next evolution of Lean”. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/principles-of-toyota-kata-russellville-tic…
Manufacturing Month CA 2022
Manufacturing Month CA 2022 was created to highlight the work of manufacturers and energize a future pipeline of skilled workers. Manufacturing Day 2022 will officially be observed on Friday, October 7th, but since manufacturing in California is too big for a single day, we celebrate MFG Month CA! Events have typically included in-person plant tours; however, due to the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, MFG Month CA is incorporating both in-person and virtual events this year! Learn more at https://www.cmtc.com/mfgmonthca.
Connecticut Workforce Summit: Addressing the Labor Shortage – October 6, 2022
Futuro Health CEO Van Ton-Quinlivan headlines the Connecticut Workforce Summit, hosted in partnership with ReadyCT, CONNSTEP, and Social Venture Partners Connecticut October 6 at the AquaTurf Club in Plantsville. Join Ton-Quinlivan for insights on proven workforce development strategies refined for the private, public, education, and nonprofit sectors. You’ll also hear from manufacturing leaders on their approaches to tackling the labor shortage, including General Dynamics Electric Boat's Shawn Coyne, OKAY Industries president and CEO Jason Howey, Burke Aerospace's Brittany Isherwood, and Stanley Black & Decker's Dave Smith. Learn more and register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connecticut-workforce-summit-addressing-th…
Manufacturing Summit – October 27, 2022
CONNSTEP (Connecticut MEP) is co-hosting their annual Manufacturing Summit with affiliate Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) on October 27. More details coming soon.
On October 7, 2022, the State of Florida is celebrating “Manufacturing Day” in conjunction with The National Association of Manufacturers and the other 49 states. For this special day, FloridaMakes coordinated efforts throughout its network of regional manufacturers associations to host events, showcasing the importance of manufacturing and promoting career opportunities across the sector. Learn more at https://www.floridamakes.com/blogs/doug-wise/2022/10/07/manufacturing-day-2022-press-release
INNOVATE Hawaii will be offering open house events and a bus tour for State Legislators and stakeholders. They will be highlighting companies that are not able to host tours through short videos. Learn more at https://www.htdc.org/mfgday/.
Indiana Manufacturing Day – September 6, 2022
Join Purdue@WestGate and Indiana PTAC for a full day focused on Indiana's leading manufacturing industries. Take your business to the next level and learn how to support long-term community investments that strengthen national security innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing industrial ecosystem. Learn more at https://www.westgate-academy.com/general-6
Kansas Manufacturing Solutions
Many Kansas manufacturers will open their doors to take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Today’s science, technology, engineering, and math graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation, and harnessing their potential is an economic imperative. If you are a Kansas manufacturer who needs assistance creating a Manufacturing Day event or registering and promoting your existing event, reach out to Kansas Manufacturing Solutions. Learn more and find events at https://www.wearekms.com/manufacturing-day-2022.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEP of LA)
MFG Day 2022 Media Kit
MEP of LA has created a MFG Day Media Kit to help promote activities in and around Louisiana for Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). Manufacturing is one of Louisiana’s top industries, providing jobs to tens of thousands of people throughout the state. MFG Day is your chance to join manufacturers across the country and tell everyone you’re proud of the contribution you make to people, their families and communities. Download the Media Kit at https://mepol.org/manufacturing-day
Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP)
Maryland Manufacturing Innovation 2022 – October 6, 2022
Maryland Manufacturing Innovation 2022 (MMI 2022) returns as the only conference in Maryland designed to provide manufacturers with the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in industry, share lessons learned and best practices and connect with their peers and colleagues from around the State.
This year’s event will provide attendees a unique and immersive educational experience with content focused on leadership and strategic growth, workforce development, technology, supply chain and continuous improvement via keynote presentations, concurrent breakout sessions, networking and a technology showcase. Register at https://web.cvent.com/event/eb320dfa-f231-4b58-b7ca-b320377b567f/summary
New Hampshire MEP
Manufacturing Tours Every Week Starting October 3rd
New Hampshire MEP will facilitate in person manufacturing tours for middle and high school students every week starting October 3rd. Manufacturers can present their capabilities and connect directly with students, increase awareness of manufacturing career paths, inform students about job and internship opportunities and build and develop their workforce. For more information or to participate, contact evaniav [at] nhmep.org (Evania Verley) or Jill Duddy.
Governor's Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit – October 28, 2022
New Hampshire MEP is hosting the 20th Annual Governor's Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit on October 28. Register at https://www.nhmep.org/20th-annual-advanced-manufacturing-and-high-technology-summit/
New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP)
Made in New Jersey – October 7, 2022
Join the New Jersey manufacturing community at the 10th Annual 'MADE in New Jersey' Manufacturing Day!
Do not miss your chance to network, learn, and connect with the information and resources available to the New Jersey businesses. NJMEP celebrates New Jersey manufacturers who develop and manufacture products and unlock new technologies that grow our economy. They create career opportunities for tens of thousands of residents, and their competitiveness and successes revitalize the nation. National Manufacturing Day aims to empower manufacturers, change public perception about the industry, highlight its economic impact, and introduce more people to available career opportunities. Learn more and register at https://www.njmep.org/events/manufacturing-day/
Alliance for Manufacturing and Technology (AM&T)
Manufacturing Day Luncheon – October 6, 2022
Chenango County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Manufacturing Luncheon with participation from AM&T. This luncheon will include a panel discussion about manufacturing and also awards for regional manufacturers. Learn more at https://www.amt-mep.org/manufacturing-day/.
“Made in the Southern Tier” – October 7, 2022
The Chemung County Chamber of Commerce Business Education Roundtable is proud to continue to grow “Made in the Southern Tier” MFG Day after a successful launch in 2016. Learn more at https://chemungchamber.org/events-programming/mfg-day/.
"How It's MADE: Manufacturing and Development Expo" MFG Day – October 7, 2022
This two-part event will feature exhibitors with regional manufacturers, demonstrations with students and a job fair with community members.
Broome-Tioga BOCES Mfg Day – October 14-2022
AMT is renting a bus for approximately 36 BOCES manufacturing students and touring manufacturers Doron Precision Systems and BAE Systems as well as SUNY Broome Mfg. Lab.
Center for Economic Growth (CEG)
Capital Region Bio Innovation Forum & Ribbon Cutting – October 13, 2022
This event brings together industry experts, innovators, academics, and leaders who are transforming the field of Life Sciences. Assemblymember John T. McDonald III kicks off the forum with opening remarks. Two discussion panels, Concept to Commercialization and Funding Sources, highlight resources available to innovators for business development. Win Thurlow, Executive Director at MedTech Association, moderates the day. Learn more at https://www.ceg.org/event/capital-region-bio-innovation-forum-ribbon-cutting/
For Manufacturing Day, plant visits for students on the Western side of the region will be held. For the Eastern side of the region, Manufacturing Day will be held on November 16, 2022 at Clinton Community College. Students will meet with various companies on campus to learn about job opportunities and what each company makes.
FuzeHub and AIM will be celebrating National Manufacturing Day on three separate days in October 2022. The events will be in partnership with AIM and the Expertise Project and will include a visit to one school district in each of the six Mohawk Valley Regional Counties. School districts will be awarded with no-cost licenses to the Expertise Project platform as well as provided with the use of AIM’s 3D Virtual Reality Headsets. The licenses and headsets will allow for the students to experience “a day in the life” of an advanced manufacturing occupation and provide them with a much better understanding of the pathways to these high paying jobs in New York State.
Along with this Manufacturing Day initiative, AIM and FuzeHub will be visiting ConMed Corporation to capture 360 degree video of the jobs that exist in the facility. These jobs will then become available, through the Expertise Project, for students in New York State to experience. ConMed Corporation is a large medical device manufacturer located in the Mohawk Valley region.
Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC)
MTRC is working with regional industry partners in presenting the Annual Long Island Celebration of the National Manufacturing Day, which this year will be held on Friday, October 7 at The Cradle of Aviation in Nassau County. Local Manufacturers Trade Show booths and representatives will be available to meet with students, parents, educators and job seekers. The formal program will feature keynote speakers, County Executives Steve Bellone and Bruce Blakeman and presentations by Long Island Manufacturing Leaders. The focus will be on introducing students and job seekers to exciting, high-paying careers in manufacturing following the keynote presentations. Learn more at https://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/event_calendar.html/event/2022/10/07/celebrate-national-manufacturing-day-2022/399659.
New York City Industrial & Technology Assistance Corporation (ITAC)
Aligning with both the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance Design Jam, there will be tours of specific food, beverage and textile (fashion) manufacturers at the yard as part of the Design Jam. Speakers from some of the “Assess and Grow” cohort of 5 companies will discuss their scaling process, as well as the work ITAC has done with the companies around process optimization, productivity improvement and operational cost reduction.
Manufacturing Day at Biesiot Activities Center – October 12, 2022
The Southwest Area Manufacturing Group is hosting an event to raise awareness about the career opportunities in today’s manufacturing industry. This will be an opportunity for you to showcase your educational and career opportunities to area high school students. There will be colleges and universities, manufacturing and other companies in attendance PLUS our Dream It Do It Ambassadors are excited to have the students participate in special hands-on activities! Advance registration is required! To register, please contact Eric at ekittelson [at] fisherind.com or at 701-456-9184.
MFG Strong Manufacturing Summit for Southwest Ohio – October 4, 2022
With a focus on robotics and automation, 2022 MFG STRONG will take a strategic look at how manufacturers can do work easier, faster, and more accurately than ever before. Whether you are new to the topic or have already started your digital transformation, MFG STRONG is a highly valuable experience with features from trusted industry partners.
During this immersive, half day event, hear from specialized experts as they share their insights on technology adoption readiness, scalable technology solutions, KPI and data management, and funding opportunities that make automation solutions more accessible for your business. You will also experience the capabilities of robots and data acquisition in real-time at TechSolve’s M. Eugene Merchant Technology Development Center. Learn more and register at https://www.techsolve.org/mfg-strong-summit/
2022 Manufacturing Series Session 2 – October 5, 2022
This session will include a State of Ohio Support presentation with the Northern Cincinnati Chamber, hosted by The Gorilla Glue Company. This year’s focus is on Workforce Development, recognized as the most frustrating and serious issue facing employers in the manufacturing space! This issue is so broad that three monthly sessions have been designed offering connections, programs, and solutions to address the ongoing labor shortage.
All three half-day morning sessions will be hosted locally by regional manufacturers. At the conclusion of the series, on November 9th, there will be a Workforce Panel Discussion and Luncheon following the presentation. Learn more at https://www.northcincychamber.com/events/event/2022-manufacturing-series-session-2/2022-10-05/
Sprinkle Some Appreciation Mobile Event –October 7, 2022
TechSolve will be delivering donuts and cookies to manufacturers throughout the Southwest Ohio Region.
West Clermont High School School Manufacturing Career Day with TechSolve – October 12, 2022
Back to the Basics Breakfast Series – October 25, 2022
TechSolve’s Back to the Basics is a monthly breakfast series of presentations on a variety of educational business topics from area experts. This event will focus on HR handbook and policy review with a guest speaker from Frost Brown Todd. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techsolves-back-to-the-basics-october-25-tickets-367527423417?aff=Website
Mill19 National Manufacturing Day Event – October 6, 2022
Hosted by Catalyst Connection, part of the PA MEP, the ARM Institute, and CMU’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative, the Mill19 National Manufacturing Day Event is a day-long event for high school students to learn about careers in manufacturing. The day will include a panel discussion, tours of the facility, hands on activities, and a vendor area with local training programs, colleges, and manufacturers. We anticipate over 100 students from multiple school districts near our location in attendance. Due to capacity this event is invite only.
Catalyst Connection: Manufacturing Day at Digital Foundry – October 28, 2022
This is a day-long event for high school students to learn about careers in manufacturing hosted at the brand new Digital Foundry. The day will include a panel discussion, tours of the facility, hands on activities, and a vendor area with local training programs, colleges, and manufacturers. It is anticipated over 100 students from multiple school districts will be in attendance.
Learn Strategies to Support Your Team – October 5, 2022
MANTEC, Southcentral Pennsylvania's Industrial Resource Center and part of the PA MEP, is pleased to invite your team to their 2022 SMART Manufacturing Conference. They have traditionally hosted more than 100 manufacturing leaders and partners at this annual event. They welcome you to join them to hear award-winning strategist, researcher, and global thought leader David Beurle share insights on emerging macro trends that will shape our future and impact the decisions we make today. Other breakout session topics include: Setting Pricing Strategy, Leading ERP Implementation, Understanding Cybersecurity Risks, Improving Employee Productivity, Effective Sales Management. Register at https://mantec.org/event-registration/?ee=370
Lancaster, PA First Friday – October 5, 2022
MANTEC will be joining LancasterMakes and other local educational and industry partners at the Lancaster Science Factory during Lancaster, PA’s First Friday event on October 5 from 5-7 pm. They’ll be celebrating MFG Day, sharing the value and benefits of a career in manufacturing, and demonstrating 21st century manufacturing concepts with youth through a variety of hands-on activities and games. Participants will include: Armstrong Ceiling, Greiner Industries, Lancaster County Career & Technology Center, MANTEC, Styrten Energy and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/2873457396282217?acontext=%7B%22event_a…
Manufactuers Resource Center (MRC)
First Annual Manufacturing Forum – October 11, 2022
The Manufactuers Resource Center, part of the PA MEP, is cosponsoring the First Annual Manufacturing Forum with the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. The keynote speaker will share winning strategies for manufacturers and the challenge of change as we move into the “next normal.” Industry experts on the agenda will speak on topics ranging from workforce development, apprenticeships, automation, the supply chain, construction, reshoring, and more! If you want to remain competitive and thrive in a changing world, you can’t miss this! Learn more and register at https://www.mrcpa.org/events/the-first-annual-manufacturing-forum/
Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC)
Manufacturing Career Day and Tours – Date TBD
Hosted by NEPIRC, part of the PA MEP, and Discover Tioga, students will participate in plant-tours of area manufacturers and in a Manufacturing Career Day in the Wellsboro School District. For Career Day, students will be transported from the surrounding school districts for an overview of manufacturing activities.
Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC)
Exploring the Marvels of Manufacturing (Student Program for Grades 6-12) – October 1-31, 2022
A student packet is provided to schools throughout NWIRC’s, part of the PA MEP, 13-county region. Teachers can use as a class activity or pass along to students so they can participate on their own. Students are asked to write a short article about how manufacturing influences their life and complete a worksheet with questions after watching 3 videos from the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing website. The student then uploads their entry to the NWIRC portal between Oct 1-31. NWIRC uses some of the excerpts for social media and students are entered into a random drawing for prizes. All students receive a certificate of completion.
MFG Day Event at Bayfront Convention Center – October 12, 2022
Hosted by the Manufacturers and Business Association, with sponsorship by NWIRC (part of the PA MEP), this is a day-long expo event for students who are from schools throughout Erie, Crawford, and Warren Counties. Approximately 2,000 students are typically in attendence. The event includes over 50 exhibitors and break-out sessions with guest speakers. NWIRC will have an exhibit with a hands-on activity at the event.
Student Tours at Manufacturing Companies – Various Dates in October
Manufacturing tours for students from different schools in the region will take place throughout October. The focus will be on career and technical schools.
RI’s Future In The Making: Manufacturing Day 2022 – October 4, 2022
A Unique Event with Insights for Industry AND a Pipeline-Building Program Engaging the Next Generation of Ocean State Makers.
Polaris MEP and the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) will host a two-part Manufacturing Day 2022 event on October 4th. In the first part of the program, manufacturing industry leaders, ecosystem partners, state representatives and media will hear the findings of Polaris MEP’s first-ever “State of RI Manufacturing Study.” The session also will kick-off Manufacturing Month in the Ocean State with a proclamation from elected officials. After this forum, business leaders will leave and a number of school buses will arrive bringing 8th, 9th and 12th grade students for a “taste test” of manufacturing careers. Learn more at https://polarismep.org/programs/mfgday-2022/
South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP)
SC Manufacturing Summit in Isle of Palms, SC – October 19-21, 2022
This can’t-miss event is planned BY manufacturers, FOR manufacturers, and includes dynamic speakers and industry leaders, tours, training, professional education credits, and more. The SC Manufacturing Summit, hosted in partnership with the SC Department of Commerce, the SC Technical College System, and the SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership will provide training in four separate tracts: Plant Operations, Human Resources, Finance/Tax and Legal/Policy. Learn more and register at https://myscma.com/sc-manufacturing-summit/
South Carolina Manufacturing Conference & Expo in Greenville, SC – November 3-4, 2022
Join manufacturing professionals from across the Southeast to discuss the latest manufacturing trends and topics, share their vision, become inspired and immerse yourself in manufacturing culture. Learn more and register at https://scmanufacturingconference.com/
Mansfield Innovation Symposium MFG Day Celebration – October 7, 2022
TMAC Metroplex (UTA) is celebrating MFG Day with keynote speaker Pravina Raghavan, NIST Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). If you are a manufacturer local to the DFW area, join us for the celebration. Register at https://eventsquid.com/event/17912.
Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC)
“Manufacturing Rocks” MFG Day/Month 2022 Events
Join us in October as we present several in-person and virtual manufacturing-focused events. Key themes will be:
Visit MFG Day/ Month 2022 today to find out what's rockin' in the Green Mtn. State!
Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity (WCMP)
2nd Annual Wisconsin Manufacturing Report
WCMP will be celebrating Manufacturing Month releasing their 2nd Annual Wisconsin Manufacturing Report during the first week in October. This is the culmination of 20 minute interviews with 400 manufacturers across the state and five focus groups. The readouts will be help in Milwaukee on October 4, Green Bay on October 5 and Menomonie on October 6.
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