Manufacturing Day (MFG Day)—organized nationally by The Manufacturing Institute—is manufacturing’s biggest annual opportunity to inspire the next generation about the industry and careers in modern manufacturing—and to say: “Creators Wanted.” MFG DAY was created to correct public perception and addresses many misperceptions by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing really is today. Launched annually on the first Friday in October, MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, and our industry partners, will celebrate the day with various in-person and virtual events. Check back to find a full list of activities. Also join the conversation or follow us on our Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn pages.


Letter from the Energy Efficiency Deputy Assistant Secretary and AMO Deputy Director

Valri Lightner headshot & Alex Fitzsimmons headshot

Today, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) celebrates Manufacturing Day, when manufacturers across America inspire the next generation of skilled workers by showing the public what modern manufacturing looks like.

Manufacturing is fundamental to economic prosperity and national security in the United States. The industry is continuously improving as new technologies and innovations arise, creating opportunities for new product development, increased productivity, and more skilled jobs. It also remains resourceful and resilient despite the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bolstering domestic manufacturing is a top priority for the Trump Administration. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and AMO Deputy Director discuss how the Department of Energy is investing in new industrial technologies, materials, and processes to support the U.S. industrial base.

Read the full letter here.

The Faces of Modern Manufacturing

By Alex Fitzsimmons, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) supports research and development (R&D) in cutting-edge manufacturing technology that improves the energy efficiency, material productivity, and competitiveness of the American manufacturing sector.

These new technologies are not just improving plants and processes—they are shaping modern manufacturing careers. AMO’s education and workforce development initiatives span the office’s entire portfolio, promote regional economic development, and address the needs of community college students, graduate students, and workers currently employed in manufacturing.

Read the full blog here.


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Around the Industry

The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) joins people across the country this Manufacturing Day in celebration of American manufacturing. Take a moment to click through examples of manufacturers who have partnered with AMO to advance innovative technologies, improve energy productivity, and help drive U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.

Meet the Manufacturers

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Technician Excited About Career in Composites
Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

IACMI Institute – Knoxville, TN

The IACMI Institute Scale-up Research Facility (SuRF) located in Detroit, MI, is teaming up with Wayne RESA (Michigan), schools in the Detroit area, on October 2 for Manufacturing Day 2020. Students are not able to tour manufacturing plants this year due to the pandemic, so the team at IACMI and SuRF created this video.