MFG Day 2021 was a smashing success. This year, manufacturers throughout the nation hosted open houses, factory tours and job fairs—both on site and online—to introduce young people and others to the promise of modern manufacturing. And many companies and leaders took to social media to show their support and love for the industry. Here’s what we saw on Friday.
Presidential nod: On Sept. 30, President Biden proclaimed Oct. 1 to be National Manufacturing Day, to “commit to strengthening and supporting the American manufacturers and hardworking manufacturing employees of today as well as the manufacturers and workers of the future.”
State (and federal) support: At least 15 states issued their own Manufacturing Day proclamations, and more than 40 congressional representatives publicly marked the occasion.
Connecticut has an incredible manufacturing tradition going back generations.
⁰But manufacturing today is not the same as your grandparents’. It’s clean, green, computer centric, doesn't require a 2 or 4-year degree, and is a good paying job. #MFGDay21 pic.twitter.com/flYrdvfmkO
— Governor Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) October 1, 2021
Today, we bring awareness to the US manufacturing industry — jobs that are vital to our national economy and essential to our communities in Oklahoma. Thank you to past and current creators who have worked hard to shape the manufacturing industry in our country. @MFGDay #MFGDay21 pic.twitter.com/rGlPp0cFmA
— Rep. Stephanie Bice (@RepBice) October 1, 2021
As we celebrate Manufacturing Day, know I’m committed to not only elevating Georgia as a manufacturing hub for our 21st Century economy, but also supporting the dignity of work for our hardworking manufacturers. #MFGDay21
— Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@SenatorWarnock) October 1, 2021
#Ohio has the best workforce in the country. Today we celebrate the millions of men and women whose hard work in the factories and on the shop floors fuels America’s economic prosperity. Happy #ManufacturingDay!
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) October 1, 2021
Manufacturers in action: Hundreds of events took place across nearly all 50 states, both online and in-person.
Interested in a career in manufacturing? Join us TODAY for an @MfgDay virtual event where our employees will talk about what it is like to work for Smithfield Foods! Open to students, teachers and parents. #MFGDay21 https://t.co/46s6PHPEoo pic.twitter.com/EIOvtLitvc
— Smithfield Foods (@SmithfieldFoods) October 1, 2021
— Cornerstone Building Brands (@CornerstoneBB_) October 1, 2021
Big support: MFG Day sponsors also marked the occasion:
We are proud to be an official sponsor of #MFGDay21
We join thousands of companies & educational institutions around the nation in celebrating & showcasing modern manufacturing & career opportunities.#Creatorswanted#THINKOUTSIDE @ShopFloorNAMhttps://t.co/ycIeVTzzkp https://t.co/hReC5zaLu4
— Polaris Inc. (@PolarisInc) October 1, 2021
Manufacturing Day is held annually on the first Friday of October to showcase what modern manufacturing is all about. We at JELD-WEN embrace this day and invite you to see what #JELDWEN careers are available in your area, click here: https://t.co/pCPZXbnhU9 #JELDWEN #MFGDay21! pic.twitter.com/2z3dLC8lUw
— JELD-WEN (@JELDWEN) October 1, 2021
In the news: Many local and national media outlets covered the day’s events. The coverage included an interview with NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” along with pieces and segments in Yahoo! Finance, The Times Leader and The Chattanoogan, as well as on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates nationwide.
More to come: “MFG Day” actually lasts for the entire month of October, so be sure to check out upcoming events at CreatorsWanted.org.