Plan a great event in your community
Manufacturing Day is not just for big companies or industry associations. It's a great opportunity for you to connect to your community and show them the great career opportunities available in manufacturing.
Manufacturers need the next generation- more than 3.5 million job openings are expected over the next decade with a growing skills shortage
Planning a fun, informative and interactive event for Manufacturing Day is one of the best things you can do to introduce local residents to the range of challenging and lucrative jobs in manufacturing.
(If you're not a manufacturer but would like to get involved, check out the Partners section below and the Messaging Guide for Partners to learn how you can support your local Manufacturing Day events)
According to studies conducted by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, after attending MFG day events, 84% of participants are more convinced that manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding
Manufacturing Day is the first Friday in October. Whether you've held events in the past or you're new to these activities, we want to encourage all manufacturers to participate on October 4th, 2019 or any day of the year. There are lots of options from simple and short to a full-day program.
Don't know where to start? There are lots of free resources (and help) available!
Online, the MFGday.com website is an excellent first step. Just register and download materials like planning guides and pre-made promotional items. Or, read this list of "Manufacturing Day Tips and Tricks" from Spika Manufacturing in Lewistown, MT. Find lots of interesting information to share about manufacturing on the Manufacturing Facts page of the MFGday website.
Here in Montana, activity planning is in full swing, and the list of events keep growing. Click on the list of Montana Manufacturing Day Events to see what's going on near you. It's a great way to reach out to other manufacturers or partner organizations for ideas, help, or even to partner on an event.
And of course, you can contact MMEC for ideas and help! Check out the resources below and the Messaging Guide for Manufacturers to help you plan and promote your event. Contact the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center by email or call (406) 994-3812 to find out what's going on in your area.
Past Manufacturing Days
Planning a fun, informative, and interactive event for Manufacturing Day is one of the best things you can do to introduce your community to your products, as well as the range of challenging and lucrative career opportunities in manufacturing.
Manufacturing Day 2019 is Friday, October 4. Whether you’ve held events in the past or you’re new to these activities, we want to encourage all manufacturers to participate. There are lots of options, from simple to more elaborate, such as:
- Tours of your facility, especially if you have new equipment or processes to show off!
- Product demonstrations (and sampling if you’re a food manufacturer?)
- Learning and hands-on activities for children and students, at your site or at local schools.
If you’re not sure where to start, there are lots of free resources (and help) available! Online, the MFGday.com website is an excellent first step. Just register and download materials like planning guides and pre-made promotional items.
There are lots of people here in Montana you can reach out to for ideas, help, or even to partner on an event. Here are just a few:
- Kalispell Chamber
- Spika Design & Manufacturing in Lewistown (read some of their tips here)
- The Greater Gallatin Valley Manufacturing Partnership (GGVMP)
- The Western Montana Manufacturing Partnership (WMMP)
And of course, you can contact MMEC for ideas and help! A successful Manufacturing Day is a win-win-win for our young people, for your business, and for our state, so let’s all join in.
Now is the time to reach out to your local manufacturers and give them a little extra encouragement, while there's still time for them to organize an open house, school tour, product demonstration or other event on National Manufacturing Day (or any other day for that matter!)
Here are some ideas and resources to share with them:
- Show them the MFGDay.com website. After they register, they'll be able to download planning guides and pre-made promotional materials.
- Introduce them to another manufacturer who has held an event in previous years.
- Send them information about other planned events in your area iin case they might be interested in partnering on a joint event.
- Connect them to your contacts in local schools, tech schools, and colleges who can help them plan activites that appeal to students at all levels.
- Encourage other resource partners to get involved.
A successful Manufacturing Day is a win-win-win for our young people, our businesses, and our state's long-term economic growth, so let's all join in.