As September comes to an end, October is up next with an exclusive day. Sadly, this special day is not Halloween but rather Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day, also known as MFG Day, occurs annually on the first Friday of October. In 2019, this day was on October 4th, and this year it is on October 2nd. According to Steven Brand, the Strategic Communications Manager at California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC).
“MFG Day is designed to inspire and recruit the next generation of manufacturers. The annual event began in 2012, and was created to dispel the notion that all manufacturing jobs are ‘dark, dirty, and dangerous,’ and to show students, businesspeople, politicians, and the media that manufacturing offers some of the most exciting and innovative work environments around.”Steven Brand, Manufacturing Day Arrives October 4: How to Host or Participate in an Event.
MFG Day 2020
Due to the current time in the US, this year MFG Day will have major focuses on digital and virtual events. The Manufacturing Institute and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), have been working together to plan virtual events for this year’s MFG Day. One way they helped was by holding a webinar for manufactures and partners. During this webinar, multiple companies shared their ideas and plans for MFG Day.
ABB Group, a leading global technology company, plans to work with Edge Factor, developers of educational content for educators, to have a five-day virtual program. In the program, ABB plans to display “science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics,” along with other skills such as teamwork.
Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC), a private, nonprofit organization committed to aiding smaller manufactures, has developed a month-long program targeting students. Therefore, a “digital activity packet” and an “opportunity to win prizes from NWIRC for worksheets and articles,” can be obtained by students in northwestern Pennsylvania. 
Founded in Minnesota, Graco designs and manufactures fluid handling products and solutions for the industry. This year Graco decided to postpone its Manufacturing Day activities to spring 2021 in hopes to have in-person events. This is because in-person events are essential to Graco’s planned events which include many hands-on activities. Some of the activities include controlling robots, using lasers to build key chains and quality control. As for events for 2020, Graco could send out kits and information to students and parents.
 Steven Brand, “Manufacturing Day Arrives October 4: How to Host or Participate in an Event,” CMTC, accessed on 9/24/20, https://www.cmtc.com/blog/manufacturing-day-arrives-october-4-host-or-participate-in-an-event.
 NAM News Room, “How to Participate Virtually in MFG Day 202,” The Manufacturing Institute, September 4, 2020, https://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/how-to-participate-virtually-in-mfg-day-2020-9698/?stream=workforce-news.
 NAM News Room, “How to Participate Virtually in MFG Day 202,” The Manufacturing Institute, September 4, 2020.