Manufacturing Day

Be a part of the future – Today is Manufacturing Day!

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.”

San Antonio Manufacturers Association (SAMA) transitioned their annual in-person Manufacturing Day tours to virtual tours, on October 2nd, 2020. 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.  On our YouTube we have the videos of the various companies’ plant tours showcasing the products they manufacture and whom they benefit, as well as the panel discussion.


Held annually on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, MFG Day—Manufacturing 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. As manufacturers seek to fill 4 million high-skill, high-tech and high-paying jobs over the next decade, MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

This year, MFG Day also includes a strong emphasis on engaging digital and virtual events throughout the country. With manufacturing careers at the heart of some of the most impactful work being done in response to the pandemic we are excited to shine a spotlight on manufacturing careers.

This year we are highlighting four business in San Antonio and the surround region:

Alamo Group, Inc., Cox Manufacturing Company, M2 Global Inc. & Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company, Texas.

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

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Rey Chavez, President & CEO of SAMA

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Watch the 2021 Manufacturing Day Videos


Alamo Group Inc.

Cox Mfg. Company

M2 Global Inc.

Toyota Motor Mfg.

Watch the 2020 Manufacturing 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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