National Manufacturing Day on the first Friday in October celebrates those who proudly stand behind our goods and services in America. In the United States, we continue to develop products and unlock new technologies growing our economy. Manufacturing businesses create jobs through entrepreneurship, and their competitiveness revitalizes American manufacturing.

Throughout the observance, more than 1,600 American manufacturers will open their doors and participate. They will take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Today’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation. Harnessing their potential is an economic imperative.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalManufacturingDay

Find local manufacturing events, explore innovative ideas and collaborate on new technologies. Encourage students to attend job fairs or ask your employer to participate. You may just help inspire the next generation to fill your shoes when we need it most. Since many skilled laborers will be retiring, there will be more jobs than workers. Spread the word and use #NationalManufacturingDay or #MFG19 to post on social media. And watch for new opportunities opening up everywhere in the manufacturing field.


Governor Chris Cristie of New Jersey proclaimed the first official Manufacturing Day in 2012.  President Barack Obama signed the Presidential Proclamation in 2014.