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. 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 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.
Manufacturing Month 2021: Spotlight on Manufacturing Webinar Series – October
Looking to grow your business and increase profits by selling globally? Join us and our federal partners throughout October to hear insights from exporting and manufacturing experts. This month-long Manufacturing webinar series starts on September 30th and continues every Thursday in October. This webinar series is being coordinated by Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) partners from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Commercial Service, EXIM, MEP, and Small Business Administration. Register at: https://grow.exim.gov/manufacturing-month-2021
On Friday, October 1st, Manufacturing Day 2021 will be celebrated nationwide to help show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the country to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. Join CMTC in celebrating MFG Day 2021 — and keep celebrating throughout the month with MFG Month CA! Find events at https://www.cmtc.com/mfgmonthca
2021 Maryland Manufacturing Innovation Executive Leadership Summit – September 30, 2021
MD MEP will be hosting the 2021 Maryland Manufacturing Innovation Executive Leadership Summit on September 30, 2021 to kick off National Manufacturing Day and Maryland Manufacturing Month. The focus for the day will help reframe challenges as opportunities, and give you a front-row preview into emerging trends, pitfalls, and best practices you need to know to retain your competitive advantage. Event registration coming soon.
Massachusetts Manufacturing Mash-Up – September 28, 2021
Where partners and industry come together to put the “advanced” in advanced manufacturing! The Center for Advanced Manufacturing, along with MassMEP, MassRobotics, FORGE, WPI, and MassHire, will host an exciting new conference – the “Massachusetts Manufacturing Mash-Up”. The event will take place at the new Polar Park, home of the WooSox, in Worcester, MA, setting the stage for a new ‘vibe’ for manufacturing. Learn more: https://mamanufacturing.com/Mash-Up
New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP)
Made in New Jersey – October 1, 2021
National Manufacturing Day has always been an important way for NJMEP to spread the word about the benefits that manufacturing provides to our Garden State. As a proud supporter of Manufacturing Day, NJMEP is excited to drive awareness of manufacturing, the career opportunities that are available, and the advanced technologies that are driving the industry. NJMEP celebrates New Jersey manufacturers who develop and manufacture products and unlock new technologies that grow our economy. They create jobs through entrepreneurship, and their competitiveness revitalizes American manufacturing. National Manufacturing Day aims to empower manufacturers, change public perception about the industry, highlight its economic impacts, and introduce more people to available career opportunities. Learn more at https://www.njmep.org/manufacturing-day-2021-new-jersey/
Manufacturing Day Event – October 8, 2021
FuzeHub is planning an in-person Manufacturing Day event on Friday, October 8th at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) in Utica, New York. FuzeHub, the statewide MEP Center, is planning this event in conjunction with the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM), the Mohawk Valley's MEP Center. FuzeHub is also planning a virtual Manufacturing Day event with other regional MEP Centers from across New York State. More details coming soon.
Bringing High School Students Hands-On Manufacturing Skillsets for Manufacturing Day – October 1, 2021
Terra State Community College in the Student Activity Center
In honor of Manufacturing Day and Month, CIFT is participating with Sandusky County Economic Development to bring high school students the THINK Manufacturing Career Showcase. The showcase is a daylong event that offers instruction on skillsets that manufacturers indicated they are looking for in their employees. Throughout the day, over 800 ninth grade students from Northwest Ohio will participate in industry ran hands-on skillsets such as teamwork, problem solving/troubleshooting, continuous improvement, machining trades, robotics, automation and much more. CIFT, the Northwest Ohio MEP Partner, is a proud sponsor of Manufacturing Day. Please keep an eye on CIFT’s social media platforms to learn more about our essential manufacturing industry in Ohio.
Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC)
9th Annual Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Summit – October 7, 2021
DVIRC’s 9th annual Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Summit is back, and now available virtually to manufacturers around the globe! Step out of the day-to-day whirlwind of your business and join us for a thought-provoking event not-to-be missed. Hear from one the nation’s top economists, learn about essential programs to enhance the region’s manufacturing workforce, uncover research and feedback from manufacturing leaders on workforce challenges and needs, discuss best practices to optimize your workforce, and so much more! The Summit provides a unique opportunity for attendees to learn and share best practices, establish new relationships, and gain new opportunities. Register at: https://www.dvirc.org/2021-greater-philadelphia-manufacturing-summit/
"Back2Better” RI Manufacturing Week Kick-Off – October 5, 2021
Polaris MEP will be co-hosting and the primary sponsor for this annual event presented by the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association to kick-off Manufacturing Month. The program includes a trade show, breakout sessions focused on how Rhode Island manufacturers can create their own future and keynote speakers offering inspiration and practical advice. Register at https://polarismep.org/event/rhode-island-b2b-and-manufacturing-week-kick-off/
Texas Manufacturing Excellence Conference (TxMEC) – September 28, 2021
The 2021 TMAC conference will focus on Manufacturing Excellence and Resiliency while exploring risk mitigation, profit generation, strategic growth, new technologies, process improvement and disaster preparedness with breakout sessions focused on elevating and optimizing an organization from within. Purchase your general admission tickets today at https://pages.e2ma.net/pages/1889964/29766
University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (UUMEP) Center
Utah Manufacturing Summit 2021 – October 1, 2021, October 12, 2021, October 13, 2021
Join us for three different days of enlightening manufacturing networking. Day one, October 1st, will be UMA’s annual Virtual Conference. Day two, October 12th, will be a Tour Day where you can tour two different outstanding manufacturing companies. Day three, October 13th, is Matchmaking, where you can connect with new suppliers and possible employees here in Utah! You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to get connected with Utah manufacturing companies. Buy tickets at: https://umaweb.org/2021-utah-manufacturing-summit/
VMEC to be featured on "Across the Fence" – October 1, 2021
Kicking off MFG Month in Vermont, check out WCAX's "Across the Fence" program, Friday, October 1 from 12:15 – 12:30 pm. Tune into “The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center: Helping Businesses Grow and Improve” and see VMEC’s own Carla Wuthrich talk about their impact and importance in the state’s manufacturing sector. If you miss it live, you can view it at a later time via their "Show Archives on YouTube" link.
Manufacturing Moments: People in the Places – GlobalFoundries – October 19, 2021
10:00 – 11:00 am | Zoom meeting | FREE
As part of VT's MFG Month celebration, join us for an exciting livestream event from GlobalFoundries® (GF®), a global leader in feature-rich semiconductor manufacturing. At this exciting event, you will see GF engineers and technicians working to solve a problem together. You’ll meet a GF equipment engineer at the Manufacturing Solutions Robot Repair Shop, see a robotic wafer handling system, and a failing component instrument called a “Center Finder Board.” Learn about the excitement of STEM careers and working in semiconductor manufacturing that is happening right in your community by registering today at: https://vmec.org/event/manufacturing-moments-people-in-the-places-globalfoundries/
More virtual "Manufacturing Moments" events will be taking place this month and their web pages posted soon at this link for complete details and registration. Stay tuned for October 18 – Momentum Manufacturing Group and October 27 – Vermont Manufacturing Collaborative (VT-MC).
West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP)
Manufacturing Day / Presidential Science Advisor and Director of the White House Advisor Office of Science and Technology Policy to Deliver Opening Remarks on Manufacturing Day
Manufacturing’s biggest annual event helps inspire the next generation of creators. Join WVMEP in celebrating MFG Day 21 Friday, October 1! Dr. Eric S. Lander, the President’s Science Advisor and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver opening remarks during a virtual tour of Blenko Glass. Register here for the Live Blenko events. Video will be available on their YouTube channel.
Special thanks to Blenko Glass and Kanawha Scales for opening their doors to so students and educators across the state can learn more about manufacturing careers in WV.
Visit the Official MFG Day website to register or find events, access toolkits and hear creator's stories.