ROCKFORD, Ill., September 24, 2015 – The roster of Manufacturing DaySM 2015 sponsors recently grew to include Deloitte as a gold sponsor working in collaboration with the Manufacturing Day co-producers to measure the impact of Manufacturing Day on the public’s perception of manufacturing. 

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 2, 2015.

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 partners for the event are Edge Factor and the Science Channel and the national movie partner is American Made Movie.

“The co-producers are grateful for the collaboration with Deloitte and look forward to reporting to manufacturers the impact their participation in Manufacturing Day has on improving the perception of manufacturing,” said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. “Their ongoing research in this area has offered manufacturers perspective on how manufacturing is perceived by Americans1,  providing valuable insight into areas manufacturers should consider as they work to increase positive perception.”

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 Director of Marketing (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 Jennifer M. Drogus Director, Media Relations (202) 637-3090

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


1Overwhelming Support: U.S. Public Opinions on the Manufacturing Industry, Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, 2014.