ROCKFORD, Ill., Aug. 11, 2016 – The Manufacturing DaySM co-producers are pleased to welcome back the American Foundry Society as a Bronze sponsor.  AFS renewed its sponsorship for the fourth consecutive year. 

Manufacturing Day sponsors provide the resources to support manufacturers participating in the program, a grassroots effort by U.S. manufacturers to improve public perception of manufacturing in America by coordinating awareness-raising activities at a variety of locations across the country on October 7, 2016.

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event, executed at the local level, that supports hundreds of manufacturers across the nation as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. A panel of co-producers comprised of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM) provide the centralized support necessary to coordinate this nationwide array of simultaneous events. The national media partner for the event is the Science Channel and the strategic content partner is Edge Factor.

“The co-producers are grateful for the support of AFS, and its dedication to serving the manufacturing sector with unique services,” said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. “We also appreciate the fact that they create their own MFG DAY event each year which is designed to introduce local students to metalcasting technology.  As an educational association they understand how important it is to provide youth with hands-on introduction to manufacturing and the sciences behind it. Their support and encouragement of their members to participate in Manufacturing Day will help to generate participation across the nation.”

To learn more about Manufacturing Day, visit Organizations that wish to become involved as official sponsors should call 888-394-4362 or email

For more information about each of the co-producers, please contact:

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.
Patricia Lee
Project Manager – MFG DAY
(815) 227-8286

National Institute of Standards & Technology
Jennifer Huergo
Director of Media Relations
(301) 975-6343

National Association of Manufacturers and
The Manufacturing Institute
Mallory Micetich
Director, Media Relations
(202) 637-3085

Industrial Strength Marketing
Joey Strawn
Integrated Marketing Director
(866) 529-8908