Rockford, Ill., November 11, 2013: On the second annual Manufacturing Day, Oct. 4, 2013, over 825 manufacturers, in 48 states, opened their doors to more than 35,000 guests in a coordinated effort to illustrate what manufacturing is, and what it isn’t. The events allowed students, parents, educators, and job seekers to learn about the innovative and challenging environments of today’s manufacturers and the rewarding careers available for those with the right skills and training.

“Manufacturing Day 2013 was a success because hundreds of manufacturers invited their communities – including students, educators and legislators – to visit their operations and see first-hand the value of the work they do”, said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA). “By focusing the events of so many manufacturers around a single day, participants collectively delivered the message that manufacturers are of significant importance to the U.S. economy, are well-managed companies that can compete globally, and offer family-supporting careers to students who follow technical and community college paths as well as four-year degree programs.”

Manufacturing Day gives companies within the industry a chance to inform the general public about the issues they face, such as a shortage of skilled labor. During the events they hosted, many manufacturers reported how this shortage affects them on a day-to-day basis, as well as the solutions they are developing to tackle it. That message was delivered not just to the 35,000 visitors at local events, but to more than 80 million viewers of website and social media postings.

“At The Manufacturing Institute, we are working to help manufacturers attract quality talent and develop the workforce pipeline,” explained Jennifer McNelly, the institute’s president. “When we all work together, manufacturing is stronger, and when manufacturing is stronger, the U.S. is stronger.”

“The robust response and participation in Manufacturing Day from across America shows manufacturers’ commitment to developing the talent needed for a 21st-century workforce,” said NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons. “By opening shop floors to young and curious minds around the country, we are able to show that modern manufacturing is a technology-driven industry that offers secure, good-paying jobs and the ability to develop products that will change the world.”

Manufacturing Day was first held in 2012 and is hosted by hundreds of individual manufacturing facilities, schools and professional societies. The open houses and other events showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. A panel of co-producers including 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 Science Channel served as the national media partner for the 2013 event. In addition, 18 organizations served as sponsors of Manufacturing Day 2013 including, at the Gold sponsorship level, Shell Lubricants and the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

For more information on Manufacturing Day, please visit: The 2014 event is scheduled for October 3, 2014. Organizations that wish to become involved as official sponsors or endorsers 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
Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Jennifer Huergo
Director of Media Relations
(301) 975-6343

National Association of Manufacturers
Matt Lavoie
Senior Director of Media Relations, Communications
(202) 637-3085