Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October—any day can be a Manufacturing Day.
October 1, 2021 marks the 11th Manufacturing Day, a day established to celebrate manufacturing and its contribution to the American economy. Manufacturing happens every day in every location across the country. It is a significant part of our economy. A question asked frequently is whether we still make things in the country? In the state? And the answer is a resounding yes. We do. More things than you can imagine. In NC, we like to say we make everything from tortilla chips to microchips. On October 1, think about what manufacturing contributes to your life; truthfully, every day is Manufacturing Day
On National Manufacturing Day, we celebrate all that is made in America and recognize the importance of our Nation’s manufacturers to every aspect of our lives. From the electronics we rely on, to the safely packaged foods we eat, to the clothing we wear, to the appliances and furniture in our homes, to the cars we drive — American manufacturing is essential to our economy. It employs over 12 million Americans directly and many more indirectly — providing high quality jobs to communities across the country and producing the highest quality goods in the world.
From Carnegie and his steel to the production of furniture, textiles and cars, the revolution of non-perishable foods, our phones, laptops and the equipment that supports that infrastructure, there is very little in our lives that manufacturing doesn’t touch. American manufacturing’s demise has been often predicted but could not be further from the truth. These days, we see incredible advances in manufacturing: textiles and clothing that can provide information on the wearer’s condition and performance – very important for our military and athletes. Sensors in our houses can help us predict what we need to adjust, what we need to repair, what we need to buy. Incredible advances in electric cars, making the reality of them sooner than later. It seems like something from the Jetsons, but the future is now.