history of manufacturing day

National Manufacturing Day is October 5, and to celebrate, we wanted to share the origin of its purpose and how the day came to be.

How Did National Manufacturing Day Begin?

According to their website, National Manufacturing Day was started in 2012 by the Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International. And ever since, the day has gained support from a variety companies that support the association’s mission of presenting manufacturing in a positive light to the public.

Through promoting a variety of success stories, hosting events, and even offering scholarships, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the producers of National Manufacturing Day, have gone on to pave a way for the nation to help get a better understanding of the industry and help students and businesses thrive.

Success of MFG Day Over the Years

National Manufacturing Day, since its beginning, has only continued to grow and succeed! Here are a few statistics from their website’s infographic:

  • Since 2012, their number of registered events has gone up from 240 to 2,902 (over 1000% growth)
  • States in the Midwest – Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania – as well as California, all dominate in participation
  • Over 267,607 Students have been able to participate in MFG Day events, and there has been an increase of perception among students toward manufacturing as well:
    • 89% of students are more aware of the manufacturing job opportunities in their communities
    • 84% of students are more convinced of the interest and rewards of manufacturing jobs
    • 64% are more motivated to pursue a career in manufacturing

The Purpose of National Manufacturing Day

Along with stressing the importance of the next generation of manufacturers, NAM also goes on to explain their purpose and “why they MFG day.”

By giving students and young adults guidance, they want to inspire upcoming generations, to show them that a career in manufacturing can make a difference and help them lead a life of accomplishment.

Other Facts and Statistics About Manufacturing in the United Stated

To get a better scope on how important manufacturing is, and how it affects the economy, we gathered a few facts to put it into perspective:

  • The manufacturing industry employs over 12 million people in the U.S. (source)
  • Manufacturers contributed a total sum of $2.33 trillion to the U.S. economy in the first quarter of 2018 (source)
  • Over the course of the next 10 years, it’s likely there will be a need for around 3.5 million manufacturing jobs (source)
  • Without manufacturing, more than 18.5 million jobs in the U.S. would be affected (source)
  • Manufacturing is helping create a push for STEM education for students to create a more competitive workforce (source)

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