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 7, 2022. 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.

2022 MFG Day Events:

September 23: WSCAM Teacher Training at Robert Morris University
September 30:
WSCAM Teacher Training at Private Industry Council
September 30:
BotsIQ Teacher Training at CCA
October 6: Manufacturing Day at Mill 19 hosted by Catalyst Connection, The ARM Institute, and Manufacturing Futures Institute (finally back in person for the first time since 2019!)
View Flyer Here
October 7:  Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting and Tour of Penn United’s NEW Advanced Materials Processing Facility Register Here
October 7: Butler Technologies Open House Register Here
October 11: Virtual Panel Discussion with Women Owners in Manufacturing Watch the Recording
October 20: Beaver County Pathways Event at Beaver County Community College
October 21: First Annual Manufacturing Day at EPD Electronics, JV Manufacturing, and MetPlas View Flyer Here
October 28: Manufacturing Day at The Digital Foundry with Catalyst Connection and Penn State New Kensington

Thank you to everyone who participated in MFG Day 2022 to make it a success!

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 Virtual MFG Day

The last two years we were not able to host any in person Manufacturing Day events, but we were still able to share about the wonderful careers in manufacturing virtually! We hosted a variety of MFG Day panel discussions that were very informational for students. 

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