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Manufacturing Day

Student in the McDowell Manufacturing Facility

Student at McDowell Manufacturing, a student-run enterprise with NWIRC in Pennsylvania.

Credit: NIST MEP

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 6, 2023. 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. You can read this blog to learn more about how MFG Day is changing perceptions and the role the Network has played.

Are you a manufacturer interested in hosting an event? You can contact your local MEP Center to learn more.

MFG Day 2023
MFG Day 2023

Celebrate MFG Day with the MEP National Network

You can celebrate MFG Day 2023 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.



8th Annual East County Manufacturing Career Fair & EXPO  – October 3, 2023
CMTC is sponsoring a Manufacrturing Month California  event hosted by East County Economic Development Council. This year's event will allow manufacturing companies to:

  • Showcase products
  • Recruit new employees
  • Inspire the next generation of manufacturers
  • Empower job seekers and students to explore unique opportunities that manufacturing career fields provide
  • Resume Resources for job seekers
  • Participate in business workshops
  • Connect with workbased learning opportunities and resources
  • Meet our local education and training providers

Register at:

More events for CMTC's Manufacturing Month can be found at:



Makers on the Move Bus Tour – October 6-13, 2023
IMEC's kicks off their
Makers on the Move Bus Tour October 6 in Metro East St. Louis and heads towards Chicago. View the schedule at: 


Kentucky Manufacturing Extension Partnership (KY-MEP)

1SI Townhall taping in Louisville – October 3, 2023
This is a joint presentation for the Metro Manufacturing Alliance (MMA) featuring KY-MEP and Purdue MEP.

Supply Chain Expoin Louisville – October 4, 2023
This event connects local suppliers with manufacturers interested in strengthening the supply chain network, reducing costs and increasing customer satisfaction.

KAM Regional Briefing in Maysville – October 5, 2023
This event features panelists and government affairs updates to improve advocacy for manufacturers.

KAM Regional Briefing in Louisville – October 6, 2023
This event features panelists and government affairs updates to improve advocacy for manufacturers.

KAM Regional Briefing in Elilzabethtown – October 10, 2023
This event features panelists and government affairs updates to improve advocacy for manufacturers.

AML Roundtable in Louisville – October 10, 2023
The KY-MEP Executive Director will share solutions MEP offers manufacturers to develop best practices, increase profitability and implement sustainable manufacturing processes. Following the keynote, a panel of advanced manufacturing and logistics experts will discuss innovations and trends in the industry.

SKED SEED Symposium in Somerset – October 11, 2023
This expo will connect local suppliers with Department Of Defense manufacturing firms to strengthen the supply chain network.

KAM Regional Briefing in Somerset – October 13, 2023
This event features panelists and government affairs updates to improve advocacy for manufacturers.

FBC – Critical Factors for Lean Implementation in Louisville – October 19, 2023
An information session for Family Business leaders considering LEAN implementation.

SCK Resources for Mfg in Bowling Green – October 24, 2023
An innovative series on Operations and HR topics to help manufacturers stay at the forefront and drive success.

KAED Economic Forum in Covington – October 25-26, 2023
Annual meeting with economic development staff, job  creators and policy makers focused on strategies to accelerate job creation and amplify growth in Kentucky.

SCK Resources for Mfg in Bowling Green – October 26, 2023
An innovative series on Operations & HR topics to help manufacturers stay at the forefront and drive success.


MEP of Louisiana

2023 Louisiana Manufacturing Week MEDIA KIT
Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEP of LA) has created a 2023 Louisiana MFG Day Media Kit that will help promote activities in and around Louisiana this year for Manufacturing Day.


Maryland MEP

Maryland Manufacturing Innovation 2023 (MMI 2023) – October 3, 2023
Hosted by Maryland MEP, Maryland Manufacturing Innovation 2023 is 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:


Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP)

MassMEP is hosting multiple events and workshops throughout October. View and register for events at:

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP)

21st Annual Governor's Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit – October 27, 2023
The 2023 Manufacturing Month in New Hampshire will feature NH MEP's 21st Annual Governor's Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit on Friday, October 27th. It will be held at the Grappone Conference Center in our state capital, Concord. The only event of it's kind in New Hampshire, the Summit will be the Premier Manufacturing Networking Event of the Year! All manufacturers are invited and encouraged to attend.

The 2023 Summit will feature three critical topics: CHIPS ACT, AI and WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING. Keynote Speakers addressing these topics will be Industry experts from both the private sector and the Federal Government. Attendees can learn, ask questions and network to grow their business! This year’s event will reflect the growing importance of American Manufacturing with emphasis on the State of New Hampshire. Sister agencies from both the Federal and State level will feature information, programs, and services to aid and grow New Hampshire businesses. Private sector services such as banking, financial management and IT will also be available for discussion.


Eric Basta
Business Development Manager, NH MEP
Cell ph: 603-724-0802
Email: ericb [at] (ericb[at]nhmep[dot]org)

Cara Tracy
Marketing & Design Manager, NH MEP
Cell ph: 603-724-4459
Email: carat [at] (carat[at]nhmep[dot]org)

NH MEP Concord Office: 603-226-3200 |

New Hampshire Manufacturing Month 2023 Impacts
New Hampshire celebrates Manufacturing Month. NH MEP focuses on getting students to manufacturers.

Total 2023 impacts:

  • 36 tours
  • 20 schools
  • 20 manufacturers
  • 825 students
  • 75 School staff

New Jersey

New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP)

11th Annual 'MADE in New Jersey' Manufacturing Day – October 6, 2023
Join the NJMEP and the New Jersey manufacturing community at the 11th 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.

New Mexico

New Mexico MEP

New Mexico MEP will have numerous events to celebrate Manufacturing Day. Events include tours of manufacturing facilities and presentations that demonstrate the vast range of products made in New Mexico. Most events are open to the public.View the list of events at:


Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT)

Ottawa County Career Showcase – October 4, 2023
Students are challenged to engage in activities with the exhibitors to help them explore the skill sets necessry to obtain careers in Ottawa County. Students and employers have an opportunity to interact.

Toledo Technology Academy of Engineering – October 4, 2023
7th – 12th graders will meet with techonogly, engineering, and manufacturing companies who will provide demonstrations to students to picque student interest in jobs in these fields.

THINK Manufacturing Career Showcase – October 11, 2023
9th graders are provided hands-on experience in a variety of fields and exposure to a number of different manufacturing industries in the area.

NEXTSTEP – The Link to Your Future –10/10/23 through 10/12/23
7th – 12th grade TPS Students can engage with manufacturers and learn more about manufacturing professions.

MakerFest 2023 – 10/12/23 and 10/13/23
9th and 10th graders will learn about the careers available, along with the training options to obtain those jobs, through an interactive learning experience, with the goal of utilizing demonstrations to inspire area high school students to pursue career opportunities that exist in the region.


Sinclair CC/Fastlane Manufacturing Day – October 6, 2023
Interactive Lab Tours at SCC, Interactive activities, demos and advanced technologies for students to learn about manufacturing.

Piqua Manufacturing Days – October 17 to October 19, 2023
Plant tours with local manufacturers with the CTC and high school.

Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET)

Webinar: Utilizing Machine Data Improves Processes & Increases ROI – September 27, 2023
Industry 4.0 is a critical data stream that can improve your entire manufacturing ecosystem. Join us for CESMII Smart Manufacturing led by Case Western Reserve University.  This webinar is a lead up to the October 4 National Framework on Smart Manufacturing event. You can participate in one or both events to gain valuable insight into CESMII Smart Manufacturing to reduce cost, complexity and time-to-value in smart manufacturing.  Speaker: Joe Veranese, President and CEO • Advanced Manufacturing International (AMI)

National Framework on Smart Manufacturing – October 4, 2023
Learn the national framework for every manufacturer to understand Smart Manufacturing.  Case Western Reserve’s IISSACS, in collaboration with MAGNET, Manufacturing Works and Team NEO’s Smart Manufacturing Cluster will introduce you to CESMII, the US National Institute on Smart Manufacturing.  Facilitated by: Jim Wetzel, co-founder • NxGen Group and Mike Yost • CWRU

Stark County Manufacturing Day – October 4, 2023
Last year 250 students from 7 Stark County School Districts participated in tours of 15 Stark County manufacturing plants. Post event surveys from students and chaperones were very positive. Schools are invited to participate in planned and coordinated field trips to local manufacturing plants on October 4.  

Made in Medina Manufacturing Day – October 6, 2023
October 6th is Made in Medina County Day! Sign up for a plant tour today! Have you ever wondered what's happening in that manufacturing plant? Ever looked at a product and wondered if it had ties to Medina County? More than 15 companies have already set up 30 tours with different time slots, and we expect to schedule more tour times in the next few weeks. Be sure to confirm your spot on the tours you would like, because they will fill up fast.

MEP at Columbus State

Manufacturing Day in Madison County – October 6, 2023
The Ohio MEP at Columbus State is partnering with Ohio Means Jobs of Madison County and Stanley Electric and Jefferson Industries for facility tours on Friday, October 6th to celebrate Manufacturing Day.   Students from the welding and engineering programs at Tolles Career Technical Center and interested seniors from London High School will tour both facilities and learn about career opportunities and programs that Ohio Means Jobs has to support you job seekers. 

Technology, Automation, Industry 4.0 & Increased ROI – October 10, 2023
Gain extensive knowledge of Industry 4.0 through our Lighthouse Tours at regional businesses that have embraced smart manufacturing! Join us for the next lunch, tour and Industry 4.0 networking Lighthouse event at Automation Tool and Die in Valley City, Ohio (Medina County).  

Crafted in Union County – October 26, 2023
To celebrate the rich history of manufacturing in Union County, and to promote the career opportunities in manufacturing to the workforce of tomorrow, Union County-Marysville Economic Development and the Ohio MEP at Columbus State have partnered to host Crafted in Union County.  The one-day event hosted at Marysville High School on Thursday, October 26th during Manufacturing Month will allow Union County based manufacturers to connect with and engage high school seniors (Class of 2024) from five area high schools and three career technical centers in a fun and informative event. 

OSU South Centers

Lawrence County Manufacturing Day – October 6, 2023
This will be the eighth annual Manufacturing Day Event and will be hosted by the Lawrence County Economic Development Corp (LEDC) and Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony and luncheon will bring together area manufacturing companies, Collins Career Technical Center students, teachers, parents, and local and state government employees to honor and celebrate local manufacturing in the Lawrence County, Ohio, region.  PureCycle Technologies, Inc., adjacent to the Ohio Southern Industrial District, recycles plastic bottle waste and turns it into reusable material will be on hand to discuss their recycling efforts along with other manufacturing displays.

Manufacturing Tours in SE Ohio – October 4, 2023
Manufacturing Tours in Cambridge (Guernsey Co)- Oct. 4 Manufacturing Co that we will tour will be Detroit Diesel, Cambridge Packaging, ACI Services, Kerry, Inc of Byesville, and Colgate. This tour will be for county government officials including Ohio SE and the county CIC Director, chamber board, and chamber members, Career Connected Services, students that our taking the career path of manufacturing (approx. 70 students), and a few public attendees.  We will have two OSU Charter buses to do this tour of these companies in Cambridge area (Guersey Co)   Approx 120 people to attend.

Manufacturing Tours in Adams County – October 18, 2023
Manufacturing Tours with MEP and the Chamber (in Adams Co). Manufacturing companies that we will tour will be General Electric (GE), Columbus Industries, R & R Tool, and Mucky Boots.  This tour will be for county government officials, chamber board, and chamber members, Ohio Valley Local School District students that are taking the career path of manufacturing and a few public attendees.

Washington Co Career Center MFG Day – October 18, 2023
The event is a celebration of National Manufacturing Day with the intent of showcasing the wide range of manufacturing careers. High school juniors and seniors from Belpre, Frontier, Fort Frye, Marietta, Morgan, Warren, Waterford, Mid-Ohio Valley Technical School, Wood County Technical School, and Washington County Career Center will be invited to attend. The event features an outdoor area featuring local manufacturers and industry. 

Leadership Experience Day – November 15, 2023
Leadership Experience (YCLE) Day organized by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Center for Cooperatives and held at The Ohio State University South Centers. More than 50 students and teachers from surrounding counties will visit South Centers to learn about agricultural research that is conducted at the campus, experience hands-on learning opportunities in agricultural science, and visit a career fair where they spoke with representatives from local cooperatives. The YCLE program, designed to help students learn about agricultural careers and achievable paths to higher education with an emphasis on the cooperative business model because cooperatives play an important role in the agricultural supply chain, is made possible through funding from the Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation (SOACDF). The foundation, which sunset in 2021, served 22 counties, including Pike and Adams, within the Southern Ohio Appalachian region. The $75,000 grant from SOACDF is expected to fund additional YCLE activities for Appalachian high school students through 2026. OSU SC MEP will set up for students to learn about manufacturing careers with a fun activity.



2023 SMART Manufacturing Conference: Empowering Change – October 5, 2023
Part of the PA MEP, MANTEC is hosting their annual 2023 SMART Manufacturing Conference: Empowering Change. This one-day event will empower you with the tools, knowledge, and connections you need to thrive in the ever-changing manufacturing landscape. Register at:

Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC)

Manufacturing Best Practices Summit & Expo – October 13, 2023
As the largest manufacturing show if its kind in the region, this event hosted by NEPIRC, will feature 100+ exhibitors, 2 outstanding panels (including a new “Women Leaders in Manufacturing” panel featuring Petra Mitchell from Catalyst Connection and PA MEP Chairwoman Heidi McKenna, owner and President of the Fredericks Company). Highlights also include comments from DCED Secretary Rick Siger, a keynote with the COO of Crayola, 5 breakout sessions and much more. Register at:



Manufacturing Day 2023 – October 6, 2023
Join the Plano Economic Development and the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) as they bring together students and manufacturers to network and learn about the new innovations that are available in today's factory in Plano, Texas at the Plano Event Center. Register at:


Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC)

VMEC is hosting multiple events throughout October for Manufacturing Day. View and register for events at:



Mission Tomorrow – October 10-12, 2023
GENEDGE will have a co-exhibit featuring Porvair Filtration at the Mission Tomorrow event at Richmond International Speedway. Register at:


Impact Washington

AWB Annual Manufacturing Week Bus Tour and Video Series – October 4 – 11, 2023
AWB’s annual Manufacturing Week bus tour and video series raises awareness of the important role manufacturing plays in our state, and supports the successful growth of our state’s manufacturing sector as we work towards achieving the goal of doubling manufacturing in Washington by 2031. Learn more at:


Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity (WCMP)

Third Annual Wisconsin Manufacturing Report – October 3-4, 2023
WCMP will celebrate Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. They are releasing their third annual Wisconsin Manufacturing Report with readouts in Menomonie and Brookfield on October 3rd and at Titletown Tech on October 4th.

Visit the Official MFG Day website to register or find events, access toolkits and hear creator's stories.


For General Information

  • MEP Headquarters
    (301) 975-5020
    100 Bureau Drive, M/S 4800
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4800
Created September 11, 2014, Updated November 1, 2023