Indiana leads the nation in manufacturing jobs, so of course Hoosiers are celebrating Manufacturing Day!

Companies, organizations and institutions across the state are hosting events to highlight modern manufacturing and encourage Hoosiers to consider joining the manufacturing workforce. While national Manufacturing Day is officially Friday, Oct. 6, planned events are taking place throughout the entire month.

The National Association of Manufacturers provides resources and helpful step-by-step instructions for anyone interested in planning a Manufacturing Day event. Most events are plant tours to show the community what they do and how their products are produced from start to finish. However, plenty of non-manufacturers are hosting events, such as technical colleges and local economic development entities.

According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, there are nearly 15,000 advanced manufacturing jobs that need to be filled in Indiana. Manufacturing Day events are a great way to showcase the industry and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

To help manufacturers in Indiana meet their workforce needs, two new grant programs will put Hoosiers to work in high-demand, high-wage industries, like manufacturing. Learn more here.

Visit the Manufacturing Day website to learn more about hosting an event or to find an event near you. Don’t forget to share your event photos on social media using #MFGDay17.