More than 750 events are already planned for Manufacturing Day, set this year for October 2. If you haven’t started yet, here are three tried-and-true ideas for events you can host in your community.

  1. Plant Tours – When hosting a plant tour, a manufacturer opens its doors and invites members of the community to observe its operations first-hand. Note that this type of event can be a modest affair held for local students and invited community leaders only.
  2. Manufacturing Communities – Small groups of manufacturers located in the same vicinity or industrial park can pool their resources to offer a day of successive plant tours at each of their facilities. This is a great way for local manufacturers to work together, exposing visiting students and community officials to a range of manufacturing work environments.
  3. Education Fairs – Educational institutions (such as community and technical colleges) are excellent venues for Manufacturing Day events. A career-fair style event is a great way to inform students (and parents) about careers in manufacturing.

"Manufacturing Day highlights the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy and draws attention to the many rewarding, high-skill jobs available in the manufacturing sector,” said Anne Forristall Luke, AEM vice president, political and public affairs. “That’s why I Make America has had a Manufacturing Day event at member companies in recent years, and encourages all AEM members to participate within their communities.”

Online Resources Available

Detailed online resources designed to help manufacturers plan and host a Manufacturing Day event are available at Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs each year on the first Friday in October, any day can be a Manufacturing Day.

Tell us about your Manufacturing Day event and we will include it in AEM Industry Advisor. Send information and photos to AEM’s Doug Zoerb (, tel: 414-298-4178).