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MFG Day (Manufacturing Day)

MFG Day (Manufacturing Day)

October is Manufacturing Month in the United States! We explain why Manufacturing Day is important and how you can participate.

By Callie Morgan

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022, 11:00 AM PDT


What is Manufacturing Day?

The official logo for Manufacturing Day.
The official logo for Manufacturing (MFG) Day.

Manufacturing Day, otherwise known as “MFG Day”, was initially founded by two U.S. organizations: The Fabricators and Manufacturers’ Association (FMA) non-profit and the National Institute of Standards and Technology-Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST-MEP) agency in October 2012. The purpose of this event was for manufacturers to show people in the Midwest U.S. what modern manufacturing looks like. In 2012, there were 240 events in the Midwest, and by 2014, there were thousands of events across the country!

Manufacturing Day 2018 at CNC Software Headquarters (Mastercam) where high school students are being shown how to set up a CNC Machine. Photo by CNC Software, Inc.

Today, Manufacturing Day is celebrated by manufacturing businesses across the U.S. It is a campaign organized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Institute, on the first Friday in October, and throughout the whole month! To celebrate, manufacturers host shopfloor tours, machining demonstrations, career fairs, and more, for students, policymakers, and members of their communities to show them what manufacturing is all about. 

Why is Manufacturing Day So Important?

From the food you eat to the car you drive—and beyond, manufacturing is interwoven in every aspect of our daily lives. 

You may have heard about the “Skills Gap”, where Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute have predicted that 2.1 million manufacturing jobs will be unfilled by 2030. The mission of Manufacturing Day is to not let that prediction become reality. The skills gap can be closed by correcting the public misperceptions about manufacturing jobs that discourage people from pursuing them.

The belief that manufacturing work is tedious, low-tech, and low pay is highly untrue. In reality, modern manufacturing careers are dynamic, high-tech, and high-pay. Modern manufacturing incorporates exciting, evolving technologies like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming, and even Virtual Reality (VR).

How Can You Get Involved?

The official event website MFGday.com shows all registered Manufacturing Day events across the U.S.

You can check with your local community colleges, universities, and manufacturing businesses to find Manufacturing Day events near you. The easiest way to find Manufacturing Day events is to visit https://www.mfgday.com/#find and type in your location into the search tool. If you are interested in hosting a Manufacturing Day event, visit https://www.mfgday.com/login/ to register your event.



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