About Manufacturing Month
Due to retirements and economic expansion, there will be significant opportunities for employment in Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry, underscoring the need to ensure a robust talent pipeline now and in the years to come. In fact, according to The Manufacturing Institute, 2.1 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. could go unfilled by 2030 due to the labor shortage. Manufacturing Month helps to promote manufacturing as a viable career in Wisconsin in an attempt to fill these much-needed jobs.
To highlight the state’s top industry, which contributes $65 billion a year in economic output to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), WMC will be promoting numerous manufacturing-focused events in October, meeting with manufacturers around the state and, once again, crowning the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.
Host an Event
Host a tour of your manufacturing facility, participate in the coolest thing Made in Wisconsin competition, learn more about The Manufacturing Institute and apply for the Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award program.
Follow these three simple steps to host an event for Manufacturing Month:
- Register your event on www.mfgday.com and e-mail the date, time, location, and contact person to Nick Novak, 608.258.3400.
- Download the Plant Tour Guide for helpful suggestions on holding a successful event.
- Contact your local chamber of commerce, school district and media outlets to encourage them to attend.
Are You a Great Manufacturer?
The Manufacturing Institute
Today’s emerging workers are the solution to the workforce challenges of the present and future. The Manufacturing Institute’s key programs and initiatives provide hands-on solutions and best practices on a national scale.
Equipping today’s workers with the skills, network and knowledge to build the future workforce is mission critical for the Manufacturing Institute.
Among business leaders and the American workforce, The Manufacturing Institute creates and facilitates best-in-class workforce and education programs that support and grow the manufacturing workforce through professional development, skills training and industry-leading research.
Every year, about 200,000 men and women transition out of the military, and many need assistance finding a new career that utilizes their talents and supports their growth.
The Manufacturing Institute is committed to empowering today’s American Heroes to become tomorrow’s manufacturing leaders.
Decades ago, manufacturing set the stage for the march of women into the workforce. Today, The Manufacturing Institute inspires the next generation of female industry leadership. Women are critical to manufacturing’s future and represent one of its largest untapped talent pools.
Women today account for less than 1 in 3 manufacturing workers, despite representing about half of the overall workforce.
Closing manufacturers’ gender gap is key to addressing manufacturing’s workforce crisis. That’s why The Manufacturing Institute is working to empower women through recognition, research and leadership, encouraging them to engage their skills in modern manufacturing and supporting their efforts to pay it forward and mentor the next generation.
Wisconsin to Celebrate Manufacturing Month in October
Manufacturing is the number one contributor to Wisconsin’s booming economy, producing more than $65 billion in total output in 2019 – 19 percent of Wisconsin’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Additionally, the state’s roughly 8,000 manufacturers employed nearly 475,000 people in 2020 – about 1 in 6 workers in Wisconsin.
“Our state’s rich manufacturing heritage is well-known throughout the world, but it is the industry’s future that is now sparking international attention,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer. “Thirty years ago, the industry was viewed as dumb, dirty and dangerous. Today, it is high-tech, high-skill and high-pay.”
Throughout the month of October, manufacturers all across the state are opening their doors to communities and Wisconsinites to showcase the industry and highlight the rewarding careers available to those interested in manufacturing.
A full list of events throughout the state is available by clicking here.
“Manufacturing Month gives employers, educators and others a timely opportunity to discuss the family-supporting careers that are available in the industry,” Bauer added. “Our state’s manufacturers continue to grow, and they need a ready and talented workforce to take advantage of these outstanding careers.”
To celebrate Manufacturing Month, WMC will be promoting numerous manufacturing-focused events in October, meeting with manufacturers around the state and, once again, crowning the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin on Oct. 14 at its annual Business Day event.
Manufacturing Month Videos
Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin – 2021
Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin – 2020
Women in Manufacturing – 2019
Technical Training Opportunities – 2019
Attracting Talent to Manufacturing – 2019
Veterans in Manufacturing – 2018
Supply Chain in Manufacturing – 2018
Apprenticeships in Manufacturing – 2018
Economic Impact of Manufacturing – 2018
Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin – 2018
Technical Education – 2017
High-Tech Manufacturing – 2017
Women in Manufacturing – 2017
Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin – 2017