National Manufacturing Day

National Manufacturing Day

By Louis Rumao:


National Manufacturing Day is observed annually on the first Friday in October to celebrate those who develop products, manufacture them, unlock new technologies, create jobs through entrepreneurship, and help American economy grow

A national day is a designated day or date on which celebrations mark important events of the nation, such as the date of independence, of becoming a republic or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler (birthday, accession, removal, etc.). Major national days are often a general holiday. Many countries have more than one national day. In USA, the following National Days are celebrated with holidays – New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. There are many other well-recognized National Days, such as Veterans Day, Mother’s Day, President’s Day, to name a few.
But then, every day is a gift, so why not celebrate something every day? And the Americans do seem to celebrate more than 1500 issues / things / events in a year. One can peruse websites such as and learn what is celebrated every day of the year. Do not be astonished to see many worthy reasons to celebrate, along with some fun / frivolous ones:

  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Kick Butt Day
  • Noodle Day
  • Vodka Day
  • Popcorn Day

Chase’s Calendar of Events ( is the most comprehensive and authoritative global reference available on special events, worldwide holidays and festivals, civic observances, historic anniversaries, famous birthdays and much more.

National Manufacturing Day

Governor Chris Cristie of New Jersey proclaimed the first official Manufacturing Day in 2012. President Barack Obama signed the Presidential Proclamation in 2014. It is observed annually on the first Friday in October to celebrate those who proudly stand behind American goods and services.
This year, more than 1,600 American manufacturers opened their doors to inspire young Americans to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Companies recognise that today’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation, and harnessing their potential is an economic imperative. Many colleges and universities also take advantage of the open-house opportunities at local companies to inspire the next generation of employees.
Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. held a 3-day Manufacturing expo at its Findlay, Ohio facility for a group of students. Following a welcome and safety presentation, they were separated into groups, with a group leader from Cooper assigned to each group. Students had the opportunity to visit and interact with each station in the manufacturing process including procurement, mixing, mill-room/material prep, tire design, tire assembly, engineering services, mold design, curing, finishing, tire testing, maintenance, supply chain and marketing. The students also had a chance to visit with the union leaders and view a drone demonstration.
Cooper Standard, headquartered in Novi, Mich., is a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry. Products include rubber and plastic sealing, fuel and brake lines, fluid transfer hoses and anti-vibration systems. Cooper Standard employs approximately 32,000 people globally and operates in 20 countries around the world. Cooper Standard, in partnership with Dow Chemical, created a special Manufacturing Day event for students at a school in Detroit. The event hosted science / manufacturing demonstrations and offered career talks to help inspire students to consider a career in modern manufacturing.
Goodyear Rubber in California, a Custom Rubber Company specializing in rubber molding, extrusion, mixing and sheeting, held an open house with tour of their facility and presentations about their processes and products.
A college in Ohio used this day for a networking event, designed for its Manufacturing and Engineering students to connect with representatives of manufacturing companies to discuss internships and future career opportunities in the manufacturing field. Students enrolled in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, electrical engineering, and biomedical engineering, with majors in CAD, Machine Tools Operations, 3D Digital Design, Automation Maintenance, Building Maintenance, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Construction Project Management, and Quality Control were invited to participate. The college was looking to get its job and internship-ready students in front of local manufacturing community to discuss their future career goals and available opportunities.
Details of all these events, available at the website , can help you plan similar events in your local areas.

The bottom line

Anyone can proclaim a National Day for something, with a few restrictions, by submitting a request to the website “In the last year we’ve received over 10,000 requests for national day listings,” says the site’s co-founder, Marlo Anderson. Out of the 10,000, he says they typically accept about 20 to 25 suggestions each year. They focus on iconic items over brands — say, National Coffee Day as opposed to National Starbucks Day. And they look for things everyone can enjoy or be a part of. Most special days in the listing come from two places – advocacy groups looking to raise awareness about an issue, so National Stop Bullying Day, for example. And then there are a lot of other nominations that just come from regular people who make them up for fun.
So, go ahead and nominate your favorite cause, issue or event!

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