Manufacturing Day / Month

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Friday, October 7, 2022 and all month long!! 

Launched annually on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, MFG Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive. This page will be updated as 2022 plans unfold.

Plan, Host, Find – All you need to know about MFG Day/ Month

Planning your MFG Day event Check out the dozens of ways you and your teams can host an event by visiting the Resources links.  Webinars, toolkits and so much more are at your fingertips to plan your best manufacturing event ever! Since MFG Day’s main focus is careers in manufacturing, we highly encourage you to reach out to your local Career & Technical Education Center (CTE).

Host An Event Registering your event contributes to the larger MFG Day phenomenon in a major way. The more events we know about, the more people we can say we’ve affected — which inspires more interest in manufacturing.  MFG Day makes a big impact in shifting the misconception of modern manufacturing.  Tell your story by opening your doors – physically or virtually – and hosting an event with students, parents, educators, media, community leaders and elected officials.  Registered events are reviewed for completeness and are generally made public within 24 hours after registrations are submitted.

Find An Event Check out what’s going on in the Green Mtn. State; be sure to type Vermont, USA into the search field and plan to attend one or more events!

MFG Day is an initiative of The Manufacturing Institute, with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association as a founding partner.  Check out any of the above links where many free resources and ideas are available to companies, organizations and educational institutions desiring to host special events.  You may also contact Robynn Albert, VMEC Marketing and Training Manager, (802) 793-2078 or [email protected].

VMEC Hosted/ Co-Hosted “Manufacturing Rocks”
MFG Day/ Month 2022 Events

Join us in October as we present several in-person and virtual manufacturing-focused events.  Key themes will be:

  • What does manufacturing mean to and for Vermont and why you should care
  • Better jobs with better benefits and opportunities for growth and creating something you are proud of
  • Community support and building better places to live
  • The diversity and types of manufacturers in Vermont

Week of October 3, 12:15 – 12:30 pm, WCAXAcross The Fence – Join VMEC Center Director and CEO Patrick Boyle to hear how manufacturers create opportunities and prosperity for Vermont and what is being done to help Vermont manufacturers to become efficient and find talent so they’re able to be competitive in global markets.  Two separate programs will air during this week; once the viewing dates are confirmed, this section will be updated. Across the Fence website.

Thursday, October 6, 10:00 – 11:30 am – Zoom meetingWhat’s Ahead for Manufacturing in Vermont? – Join us for a panel discussion with the State of Vermont Departments of Economic Development and Labor, Vermont State Colleges Workforce Division and VT manufacturing leaders to discuss the current and future states of manufacturing in the Green Mtn. State. Register here.

Friday, October 7, 11:00 am – 12 Noon – WDEVCommon Sense Radio –  Join VMEC Center Director and CEO Patrick Boyle to hear why manufacturing is important to Vermont, what is important to manufacturing, what are the challenges and opportunities ahead and much more.  Common Sense Radio website.

Wednesday, October 19, 9:00 am – 12 Noon – LEDdynamics, RandolphLEDdynamics – Providing Solutions to your Illumination Needs – Plan to attend their presentation and tour-based event where you’ll learn how Lean, Continuous Improvement and Innovation Engineering play a key role in the transformation and continued growth of this successful VT manufacturer who’s on the forefront of promoting LED innovation to customers around the globe. Register here. 

Wednesday, October 19, 1:30 – 3:30 pm – Advanced Manufacturing Center, VTC Randolph CenterRapidly Adopt Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities – Tour the Advanced Manufacturing Center where you will see and hear how the Center is helping companies rapidly adopt AM capabilities through technology application and workforce development. The learning journey will include capabilities from ideation through production. Three separate tour times are available; visit our Upcoming Training page to register.

Wednesday, October 26, 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Zoom meetingMeet your Vermont RDC! – Join us for a panel discussion with several Regional Development Corporation leaders across the state. The Department of Economic Development provides administrative funding to Vermont’s RDC’s serving every geographic region of the state. These organizations serve as “satellites” of the Department, and they provide local knowledge and facilitate assistance in their communities. Hear how they can assist in your business endeavors, develop partnership opportunities and network through the manufacturing community.  Register here.


Recap of MFG Day/ Month 2021….

Governor Phil Scott proclaims October 2021 as Manufacturing Month in Vermont

The entire month of October has become part of a growing national Manufacturing Day/ Month initiative. Vermont Governor Phil Scott has proclaimed October 2021 as Manufacturing Month in Vermont; read the full proclamation here.

Connecting the “Manufacturing-Curious” to Careers in Manufacturing

Take a Manufacturing Moment this Manufacturing Month and go – virtually – to the places where creativity meets challenges of all sizes. Imagine “stepping into” a workplace “science fair” poster and within 10 minutes, see and hear how a business challenge is wrestled to the ground. Meet the innovators, problem solvers and creators. Be part of the conversation with VMEC-hosted informal meet-ups about manufacturing with students, educators and other “Manufacturing-curious” folks.

Monday, October 18 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Via Zoom – Momentum Manufacturing Group, St. Johnsbury – Momentum brings both simplicity and efficiency to metal manufacturing challenges. From prototype review to early stage design engineering to complete assembly of a finished product, join us to learn about the value of this NEK employer and their powder coating line. To view the recorded event, visit this link.

Tuesday, October 19 – 10:00 – 11:00 am – Via Zoom – GlobalFoundries, Essex Junction – Meet GlobalFoundries engineers and problem solvers and go with them to the places where creativity meets needs. At this exciting event, you will see GF engineers and technicians working to solve a problem together. You’ll meet a GF equipment engineer at the Manufacturing Solutions Robot Repair Shop, see a robotic wafer handling system, and a failing component instrument called a “Center Finder Board.”  There is no event recording for this event.

Wednesday, October 27 – 11:00 – 11:30 am – Via Zoom – Vermont Manufacturing Collaborative (VT-MC) at the Advanced Manufacturing Center, Vermont Tech, Randolph Center – Join a Vermont Technical College (VTC) student and VT-MC Executive Director to learn about educational and manufacturing opportunities at this new, state-of-the-art facility.  Providing accessibility and use of technology for part design/3D scanning, additive manufacturing (3D printing with polymers and metal), 5 axis CNC machining, and advanced metrology (SEM, CT Scanning, etc.). To view the recorded event, visit this link.

Across the Fence / VT Department of Labor programs

Friday, October 1 – 12:15 – 12:30 pm – View “The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center: Helping Businesses Grow and Improve” and see VMEC’s own Carla Wuthrich talk about our impact and importance in the state’s manufacturing sector. Check out the Archived YouTube link here.

Thursday, October 14 – 11:00 am – 12 Noon – Watch VMEC’s Lisa Henderson as she speaks with Cindy Robillard, VT DOL Business Services Manager and TAA/Rapid Response Coordinator, during  a VT DOL Virtual Job Fair.  Check out this 21 minute link as she shares her knowledge of “Manufacturing Careers in Vermont”.

Friday, October 22 – 12:15 – 12:30 pm – View “The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center: Advanced Manufacturing” and see VMEC’s own Chris Coulter talk about the 4th industrial revolution and how it involves advanced manufacturing and digital technologies connecting parts of manufacturing to form a system.  Check out the Archived YouTube link here.