Manufacturing Day

Be a part of the future

The US Department of Commerce says it Manufacturing Day an opportunity for manufacturers to “highlight their work and their workers and to energize a future pipeline of skilled workers.” 

On October 2nd, 2020, San Antonio Manufacturers Association (SAMA) partnered with Caterpillar, Toyota, Alamo Group, M2Global and Cox Manufacturing for a virtual event including a panel discussion that highlights important topics such as job openings, training opportunities, re-shoring, and the economic impact for their region. This year was different. Instead of physical tours, we hosted virtual tours to respect safety of others. On our YouTube we have the videos of the various companies’ plant tours showcasing the products they manufacture and whom they benefit.

While MfgDay encourages students to take a peek into modern manufacturing careers, it may also be a way for you to recruit a veteran or encourage another community member to upskill their career and become play an integral part in manufacturing. This is an opportunity for companies to get involved with the community and illustrate what manufacturing looks like today rather than what it used to be.

We watched your virtual MFG Day Celebration and it was very well done. As the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) MFG DAY chair. We want to congratulate you a job well done. With your permission want to share your virtual tour with our members as you are the first community to demonstrate how a community can showcase its manufacturing base and the great jobs that can be found in San Antonio! Thanks again for being a national benchmark for MFG Day.

—JGlenn Marshall, Association for Manufacturing Excellence

You can now watch October 2nd’s Mfg Day Videos on our Youtube

Watch the Mfg Day Videos

Cox Manufacturing

Toyota Texas

M2 Global

Panel Discussion

If you choose to host your own virtual MFG Day event, here are a few suggestions:

  • Provide a welcome message from senior leadership.
  • Offer an overview of the importance of manufacturing to the economy in your community.
  • Lay out what your company does and give participants a sense of its career offerings
  • Film a video tour of your facility to show viewers the technology and tools you use every day.
  • Record interviews with employees or a conversation with a panel to allow young people to hear directly from the people who work at your business.
  • Create a survey to track how the event changes your audience’s perceptions of manufacturing—for example, asking participants about their interest in a manufacturing career both before and after your presentation.

The manufacturing industry is one of the largest sectors of the San Antonio economy.

This fast-growing sector includes aerospace and motor vehicle manufacturing.
San Antonio companies manufacture machinery, computer components, electrical equipment and more.
From furniture to food and beverage manufacturing, this sector is a major employer in the area.
If it can be made from petroleum, plastic, paper, or just about anything else, there’s a local manufacturer that does it.
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