Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing during which manufacturers invite their communities – including students, educators, businesspeople, media and politicians – to their facilities in a collective effort to educate visitors about manufacturing career opportunities and improve public perceptions of manufacturing. While Manufacturing Day is officially today, Oct. 6, companies and community organizations plan their events on the date in October that works best for them. Started in 2012, Manufacturing Day has seen participation grow dramatically over the years. In the first year, there were 240 official events; last year, there were 2,807. In 2016, Manufacturing Day affected 595,341 participants, including 267,607 students.

Created by Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International in 2012, MFG DAY has enjoyed support from many organizations aligned with its mission, including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Manufacturing Day is now produced annually by the NAM with key contributions and support from the MEP and MI.

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