How to Prepare for Manufacturing Day – October 7

Every year in North America we recognize modern industrial manufacturing by celebrating National Manufacturing Day. This year the date falls on Friday October 7. Manufacturing Day is intended to shake off the industry’s antiquated reputation by educating and inspiring the next generation of innovators and manufacturers. Manufacturing facilities, communities and  educators will open up their doors to educate the general public on trends in the industry.  

We have gathered some events that are taking place in celebration of Manufacturing Day. This is not an exhaustive list. If you do not see any listed events near you, we suggest reaching out to your local community for more information.

Thursday, October 6 2016


Ashley Ward, Inc. Facility Tour and Presentation
October 6, 2016 9:00am – October 7, 2016 5:00pm
7490 Easy St, Mason, OH 45040
Contact: Nate Ruhenkamp, 

This open house includes pre-WWII machines operating in today’s advanced world of manufacturing. In addition to machinery, guests will have an opportunity to learn what careers, and benefits are available in the industry. 

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Event 
October 6, 2016 8:00am
391 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203
Contact:  Barrett Erbe,

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership aims to answer the questions: “Why are young people not pursuing manufacturing careers? What can employers do to improve success in sourcing candidates? How can employers, educators, and stakeholders come together to address manufacturing workforce issues?” Martin Scaglione, President & CEO of the Hope Street Group, will address these topics in this year’s keynote. 

Carolina CoverTech Event
October 6, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm
114 Shortcut Rd, North Augusta, SC 29860
Contact: Michael Newton,

In their main facilities, Carolina CoverTech will host activities, an interactive presentation, a plant tour, and light refreshments in celebration of Manufacturing Day. The key note speaker will be Amy Thomson, Director, Existing Industry Program,
S.C. Department of Commerce. The event is free of charge, but registration is required.

College of the Canyons Event
October 6, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

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Edge Factor’s star and host, Jeremy Bout, will be hosting a panel discussion with representatives from a number of leading manufacturing and advanced technology companies in a range of industries (aerospace, biomedical devices, auto parts, etc.). Topics will include: jobs in today’s manufacturing world, skills required, career paths, and earnings potential. The panel will entertain questions from the audience, and a portion of the new documentary film will be shown.  For more information or to register:

Poland Spring Bottling Nestle Waters North America Event
October 6, 2016 9:00am – 1:00pm
109 Poland Spring Dr, Poland, ME 04274
Contact: Clint Bivens,

In support of MFG Day 2016, Poland Spring will be hosting four factory tours for local students and educators only. Each guided tour will include a description of the various positions within the factory. Dress code is casual but, but be sure to wear  wear close-toed shoes. All other personal protective equipment necessary will be provided.

Friday, October 7 2016


AFS Event
October 7, 2016 9:00am – 2:00pm
1695 N Penny Ln, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Manufacturing Day at AFS is an interactive event that immerses participants in metal casting through demonstrations, discussions about career opportunities, manufacturing trivia, and more! AFS embraces the MFG DAY movement as an opportunity to instill the importance of North American manufacturing and metalcasting to the next generation.

America Makes – The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute Event
October 7, 2016 9:00am – 5:00pm
236 W Boardman St, Youngstown, OH 44503
Contact: Cheri Metzinger,

This year, America Makes is collaborating with Hudson Fasteners and the Youngstown Manufacturing Community to host an “Opening Doors, Opening Minds” event. Local manufacturers, leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers and students will be invited to tell the story of manufacturing in their own words. Story ideas can include sharing the experiences of your career, cool technologies (like 3D Printing!) that you use in making something, products that make an impact, etc.

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Annual “Made in New Jersey” Event in Celebration of National Manufacturing Day Event
October 7, 2016 8:00am
333 Davidson Ave, Franklin Township, NJ 08873
Contact: Lynore DeSantis,

The event will be held at The Palace at Somerset, NJ and will include:

– Continental Breakfast and Lunch
– Networking Opportunities
– Welcome & Opening Remarks
– Keynote Speeches
– Breakout Sessions
– 2016 New Jersey Manufacturing Awards

Arciplex Event
October 7, 2016 10:00am
504 6th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Make Stuff @Arciplex aims to  support Urban, Nashville, and U.S. Manufacturing! The team members at Arciplex will share what it means to manufacture in Downtown Nashville, TN through their experiences. The event also includes a tour  around the Workshop and Showroom.

ATAS International, Inc. Event
October 7, 2016
6612 Snowdrift Rd, Allentown, PA 18106

Guests will observe metal roof and wall panel profiles being manufactured. Learn about design opportunities when incorporating metal into residential and commercial building and renovation projects. Please come prepared with questions for our staff! Hear about our new ideas and additions.

 Bamar Plastics, Inc. Event
October 7, 2016 11:30am
1702 Robinson St, South Bend, IN 46613
Contact: Allison Oler,

Bamar Plastics will be offering giveaways, interactive experiences, and a ton of information about the manufacturing industry.

Bay Cities Event
October 7, 2016 10:00am
5138 Industry Ave, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Contact: Katie Crockford,

For 60 years, Bay Cities has provided brands with their packaging and displays at a variety of retailers across the country. During the tour, you will learn how we design and manufacture point of purchase displays, in-store signage, and retail and industrial packaging for many of the products you see every day. Refreshments will be provided and fun will be had as you tour all 200,000 square feet of our manufacturing plant.

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