Manufacturing Day

The US Department of Commerce says Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for manufacturers to “highlight their work and their workers and to energize a future pipeline of skilled workers.” Held annually on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, 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.

This year San Antonio Manufacturers Association (SAMA) is excited to be back in-person celebrating Manufacturing Day (Mfg Day)! This year we will be highlighting our 2021 Manufacturer of the year, Knight Aerospace!

If you would like to tour Knight Aerospace on Friday, October 7, 2022, click on the REGISTER NOW button to register for this event! Come help us celebrate Manufacturing Day!



Deployed in over 30 countries, Knight Aerospace leads the industry in the design, manufacture, and customization of modules, pallets, and more for military cargo aircraft. Almost 30 years ago, their founder Alfred Knight had a big idea: to set a new standard of excellence among aerospace suppliers. Since 1992, they have faithfully followed that vision at Knight Aerospace Products, Inc., continuing to unite the best and brightest to develop sophisticated technologies to become respected thought leaders in the aerospace industry.

In 2014, they separately founded Knight Aerospace Medical Systems, LLC to focus on Medevac. They dedicated this work to safely transporting patients in cargo aircraft, like the C-130, C-17, C-390 and more. In 2017, these two companies formally became one under the name Knight Aerospace.

Today they are trailblazers and visionaries in their corner of the aerospace industry. Their executive team includes aerospace industry experts, business vanguards, and long-tenured military officers and advisors.

Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, they proudly operate from the large technology campus of Port San Antonio. This offers a significant advantage as they continue to grow. Close proximity to other innovators in aerospace, as well as defense, global logistics, cybersecurity, and manufacturing, inspires them to keep dreaming big.

Today they remain firmly committed to their founder’s original mission. Knight Aerospace sets the industry standard for specialty air transportation solutions, serving customers around the world.


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.

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.

Watch the video below to learn more about Knight Aerospace!

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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