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October is Manufacturing Month

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 $68 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.

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Wisconsin is routinely ranked as the most manufacturing intensive state in the country measured on a per capita basis. The industry employs nearly half a million people and creates roughly $70 billion in economic output each year. However, according to a 2022 Department of Defense report, Wisconsin ranks 30th in total U.S. defense contract spending. To narrow that gap, WDIC will serve as the public voice for manufacturers and the defense industry to showcase why the Badger State is primed and ready to better support the U.S. military and our country’s national security interests.


WDIC aims to provide educational programming and other resources to create a well-prepared network of manufacturers in – and in support of – the defense industry in Wisconsin. This will include multiple major events throughout the year that will bring in experts on national security, procurement, industry needs and more. The organization will also provide members with timely news updates via digital communications and additional virtual programs.


Building a robust network of manufacturers and other companies is critical to increasing Wisconsin’s ability to fully support our national security interests. Through in-person and virtual programming, WDIC will bring together employers of all sizes to ensure Wisconsin has the capacity to deliver products critical to the nation’s defense.

Wisconsin Celebrates October as Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing is the number one contributor to Wisconsin’s booming economy, producing more than $68 billion in total output in 2021 – nearly 20 percent of Wisconsin’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Additionally, the state’s roughly 9,200 manufacturing companies employ about 1 in 6 workers in Wisconsin. 

“Manufacturing is the backbone of our state’s economy, and the hardworking men and women of this industry deserve to be celebrated,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer. “Throughout October, we hope to educate young Wisconsinites about the rewarding careers available in manufacturing along with highlighting the outsized impact the industry has on our state.”

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. 19 at its annual Business Day event.

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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

Events and Tours

During manufacturing month, WMC holds events and tours at manufacturing facilities across the state. Click here to see events hosted in your area in October.

Contact Nick Novak, 608-258-3400, to post an event or tour in your area.