Last year on MFG DAY, 1,679 participating organizations (including four maker spaces) hosted open houses and events that were attended by more than 360,000 students, educators, and members of the public (including the President of the United States and many members of the Administration).
Please consider hosting an open house this year and raising awareness in your communities about MFG DAY. To do so, there are many guides and kits available from the national co-producers posted on the official website at www.mfgday.com. Of particular interest will be the Resources Page where you will find a Host Toolkit covering all the details of putting together a successful event, materials to use to help reach students and educators, sample PowerPoint presentations, Infographics, web banners, and more.
National co-producers include the US Department of Commerce / Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International, National Association of Manufacturers, Manufacturing Institute, guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing, media partners Science Channel and EdgeFactor, and movie partner American Made Movie.
In light of the MOU between Switzerland and the United States on Apprenticeship programs and the SABC’s desire to move the initiative onto the practical level, we are writing to invite you to participate in National Manufacturing Day, an annual event that will take place on October 2, 2015. Please inform us if you are participating.
Started in 2012, MFG DAY is an annual celebration of manufacturing coordinated by a group of co-producers that have an interest in the growth of the manufacturing sector in North America. MFG DAY highlights the importance of manufacturing to the economy and draws attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields. Through open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other events held at participating facilities, the collective goal is to introduce the public to the important role played by manufacturing both at the local and national levels.
MFG DAY is planned nationally and executed locally. On or around the first Friday of October each year, manufacturers and educational institutions across the country open their doors to the community to show what really goes on in today’s manufacturing sector and to introduce event attendees—mainly students—to the rewarding careers available. It is designed to increase public awareness and improve the perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy. It is a coordinated effort that addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing and is an opportunity to show what manufacturing is—and what it’s not, improve the public image of manufacturing, and connect with future generations of manufacturers.
This is an opportunity to:
- Tell your story and show your craft
- Dispel outdated myths about manufacturing
- Inspire a new generation of employees
- Connect with potential customers and resources in your community
- Visit manufacturers to initiate business relationships and learn what is being made in your community.