October 2021 is Manufacturing Month

We are excited to announce that Manufacturing Day 2021 is set for Friday, October 1! While this is celebrated on one day, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and IMA Education Foundation will follow our tradition and promote the entire month of October as Manufacturing Month. Governor JB Pritzker will again be asked to issue an official proclamation of Manufacturing Month, and hopefully will be able to visit selected schools and manufacturers during the month.

Manufacturing Month is a great way to introduce middle and high school students to the wide array of occupations that make up modern manufacturing and awaken the creative spirit in every student. In addition to production technicians and engineering, students will also learn about the critical support roles in logistics, purchasing, accounting, information technology and much more. More information about Manufacturing Day and Manufacturing Month can be found at the IMA Education Foundation.

While most schools are still working to determine what next year will look like in the wake of an ongoing pandemic, we once again hope that many school districts and students will be able to safely visit local manufacturers and see firsthand how things are made. In the alternative, we recommend developing a virtual tour that showcases your people and products. The National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute developed resources for employers on how to build a virtual or in-person tour as well as tips on how to effectively engage students of all ages into the possibilities of a manufacturing career.

How do you get started? Visit creatorswanted.org/mfgday to register your MFG Day event and also get access to the resources and tips on how to host a virtual or in-person event including a suite of webinars that walk you through how to make your event successful.

We’ll see you this October!

Register Your MFG Day Event

Join thousands of manufacturers across North America as they showcase what modern manufacturing looks like and inspire the next generation of skilled workers.

This year, the official date for MFG Day is Friday, October 1, 2021, but any day can be MFG Day.

Gubernatorial Proclamation

On September 28, 2020, Governor JB Pritzker officially proclaimed October 2020 as Manufacturing Month in Illinois.

Latinas in Manufacturing

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, National Women Business Month, and Manufacturing Month, this webinar will discuss how Latinas in manufacturing got into the business, pivoted, and expanded into leadership roles. Hosted by DCEO-OMEE, DCEO-OET and Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)

Boss Talk: Manufacturers Round Table Discussion

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The Illinois Regional Economic Development Team and Office of Minority Economic Empowerment host a panel discussion to celebrate National Manufacturing Month. Industry leaders share insights and best practices to inform aspiring entrepreneurs. Featuring Duntai Mathews (DLM Manufacturing – Rockford, IL) and Karen Watson (International Filter Manufacturing, Inc. – Litchfield, IL). Hosted by: DCEO, OMEE

Event: COVID-19: Illinois Manufacturers Respond to the Call

Highlighting manufacturers AbbVie, ComPac, and Pioneer Services, who changed production lines to meet the medical equipment or supplies from around the state. Hosted by IMA, IMEC, DCEO.

Women Get Involved: Manufacturing Leaders Perspective on How to Enter the Industry

Thursday, October 22, 2:00 p.m.
In honor of Manufacturing Month, this webinar will uplift women in manufacturing through industry leaders sharing their insights and best practices. The hope is that students and community stakeholders will get a snapshot of what it’s like to be a woman in the industry.

Illinois Made: Producing Illinois Products for the World

Tuesday, October 27, 10:00 a.m.
Illinois companies that export are experiencing growth in a number of sectors. This webinar will address growing job opportunities for Illinois students. At this webinar you’ll learn: Insights into the manufacturing job market, skills required. Specific sector opportunities and How to advise students about relevant training. Host: DCEO, OTI

Manufacturing Apprenticeships In Illinois + ICATT Apprenticeship Program

Celebrating Illinois Manufacturing Month:
October 21st from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
October 29th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join us to learn about the importance of apprenticeship opportunities in the manufacturing industry! This webinar will highlight the ICATT Apprenticeship Program, a nationally awarded 3-year apprenticeship program combining on-the-job training with an associate's degree. ICATT operates across the state of Illinois and works closely with communities, community colleges, economic development organizations, and employers. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the program and hear success stories from existing ICATT partners, including community colleges, employers, and apprentices.

FAUNC Virtual Event “Take Control”

Organized in three distinct zones: Exploration Zone– with tours of our FANUC America facilities, Solutions Zone—a virtual tradeshow floor with over 200 videos of applications, and the Knowledge Zone—featuring live webinars each day at 11am EST and 2pm EST.

IMTS Spark

Six Showcases, each highlighting distinct manufacturing channels that carry its own line-up of high-energy programs, with a mix of live interviews, live exhibitor demos, daily updates, hosted shows, Q&A interactions and on demand content, all with a common theme. IMTS Spark is the replacement for the cancelled IMTS Show and Smartforce Student Summit.