National Manufacturing Day

National Manufacturing Day is an annual event held on the first Friday in October. This year, it will be held on October 1, 2021. However, there are Manufacturing Day events all month long!

National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) and Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

How to get involved

National Manufacturing Day events happen all over the state all month long! Teachers and students have the abilitiy to attend these in-person and virtually. Below you will find upcoming events from Catalyst Connection and our partners.

Upcoming Events:

October 1: Women in Manufacturing Leadership Panel Discussion – Watch here
October 7: ARM’s Millennials and Gen Z in Manufacturing Panel Discussion – Register here
October 14: Beaver County Pathways Event at Beaver County Community College
October 21, 26, 27: Make an Impact: Manufacture your Future Virtual Experiences with Penn State New Kensington, ABC Create, and The Digital Foundry Register here

More events to come throughout the month of October. Check back often!

You can also visit the national MFG DAY website and the Creators Wanted web page to see videos, resources and events being offered around the country.

Our 2020 Virtual MFG Day 

Last year we held a virtual “Manufacturing Week” that consisted of panel discussions, scavenger hunts, game play, etc. Although it was not our normal MFG Day celebration, it was still very successful!

View the recorded panel discussions below: 

Our 2019 In-Person MFG Day

Our 2019 in-person MFG Day event was held at Mill 19 (home of Catalyst Connection!) in partnership with the ARM Institute. This event allowed students to tour Mill 19, see a live panel discussion, and interact with vendors!

Take a peek into this event below: 



Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

Mobile Games


WSCAM Middle School Video Contest