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Manufacturing Day 2019 – Inspire the Next Generation of Manufacturers

What is MFGDAY?

National Manufacturing Day celebrates modern manufacturing and positively influences the common misconceptions around the manufacturing industry, while inspiring the future generation of manufacturers. Although nationally recognized on the first Friday of October (this year, it is October 2), Illinois celebrates manufacturing the entire month of October. Manufacturers have the opportunity to open their doors to local schools and their communities to give students, educational leaders, and parents the opportunity to learn what manufacturing is and is not.

MFG Day 2019

Influence the Next Generation and Build Your Pipeline of Talent

Manufacturers face a talent shortage and Manufacturing Day provides the opportunity to collaboratively address this issue and other common challenges. By participating in Manufacturing Day/Month, Illinois manufacturers are empowered to connect with the next generation of manufacturers, positively influence the public’s perception of manufacturing, and ensure continued growth of the industry. When you host or participate in a MFG Day event you get to:

  • Share your company’s story
  • Dissolve outdated myths about manufacturing (dull, dirty, unsafe, etc.)
  • Inspire a new generation of manufacturers
  • Learn about ways to improve your efficiencies, workforce, and profits
  • Initiate business relationships with other manufacturers or community organizations
  • Discover what else is being made in your community

What are the requirements to be an official MFG Day event?

  • Must consist of a manufacturing facility, office, innovation center, or other site
  • A creative student-invite type of event at an manufacturing or manufacturing-supporting site (eg. Design office, software company, etc.)
  • School event about manufacturing
  • Manufacturing-related jobs fair
  • Manufacturing-related career day event
  • Manufacturing product expo or similar event
  • Must be open to students, parents and educators

What is the Manufacturing Day Process?

  • Decide on the type of event you will host
    • Plant tours
    • Manufacturing community events and expos that include other companies
    • Job fairs
    • Educational fairs
    • Celebrations of the manufacturing communities
  • your event on
  • Use the event toolkit and the Smart MFG app and comic book to plan, partner with local schools, and promote your event
  • Promote! Promote! Promote!

Interested in hosting a MFGDay / MFGMonth event at your plant?

IMEC is here to serve as a resource as you plan your MFGDay event. Our makes it easy to plan, promote and register your event on . In addition, it will be listed and promoted on this webpage. We will also publish your MFGDay /MFGMonth event via the IMEC blog, a statewide press release, social media and the monthly IMEC eNewsletter.

If you are a school and would like your students to participate in MFG Day/Month 2020, to get exposure to the growing manufacturing industry, we can help connect you to local manufacturers who are looking to partner with educators. Contact Simone Erskine at serskine@ for more information.

Manufacturers – do you have an event planned already, or are in the process of planning one? Let us know! Send a brief email with the details of your event and registration link to Simone Erskine at serskine@ and we will help promote your event!

2019 Manufacturing Day Events

Manufacturing Expo / Presentation
October 1, 2019 | 8:00am – 2:30pm
6600 34th Ave | Moline

Facility Tour / Presentation
October 3, 2019 | 1:00 pm
602 State St. | Calumet City

Facility Tour / Presentation
October 4, 2019 | 11:00 am
1899 High Grove Ln. | Naperville

Facility Tour / Presentation
October 4, 2019 
542 Factory Rd. | Addison

Facility Tour / Presentation
October 4, 2019 
5795 Logistics Pkwy | Rockford

Plant Tours / Presentation
October 9, 2019 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
4101 W. 76th St. | Chicago

Facility Tour / Presentation
October 11, 2019 | 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
601 Mercury Dr. | Champaign

Faciltiy Tour 
October 29, 2019 | 8:30 am – 10:30 am
3206 Farber Dr | Champaign

Faciltiy Tour
October 10, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
51 E Kenyon Rd. | Champaign

Faciltiy Tour
October 4, 2019 | 10:00 am -2:00 pm
108 E Main St. | Ogden

to view the full list of Illinois manufacturers and organizations participating in Manufacturing Day 2019 events throughout October.

Download the MFG Day Toolkit to start planning your 2019 event today!

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