Manufacturing (MFG) Day

MFG Day Logo

What is Manufacturing Day? Why does St. Joseph participate?

Manufacturing Day is a national day set aside to recognize the importance of the manufacturing industry and the diverse, highly-skilled jobs that are available in our community. Held the first Friday in October each year, community organizations and companies came together to lift up the industry and the possible career paths available.

Locally, the day includes guided tours/events at the following manufacturers:

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Are you helping students learn about the event, or want to take part? There are many Manufacturing Day resources to assist organizations in learning how to plan and promote their own Manufacturing Day events and prepare students for visits to events at The Manufacturing Day website also offers statistics about manufacturing and the significance manufacturing companies have on the economy.

The Purpose of Manufacturing Day:

Manufacturing Day activities are meant to change the image of the industry and help introduce high school students and families to the ways these jobs are desirable and highly-skilled. A survey by Deloitte proves that this is happening — 81 percent of students said after attending the events in past years that they were more interested in manufacturing careers and found them to be more rewarding than they previously believed. Seventy-one percent said in the survey that they were more likely to talk to their family and friends about the manufacturing industry after attending Manufacturing Day events. This day is important toward helping change perceptions in our own community about the types of manufacturing jobs offered, while showing the significance of jobs in manufacturing.

What will you discover? (View this if you like dirt bikes and stories about heroes solving problems).
I believe… (View this to see how manufacturing helped create solutions to a mining disaster and dirt bike accidents, among others …)
Manufacturing changes lives. (View this to learn about one extraordinary young man who turned a serious accident into a serious solution).
Behind closed doors. (You won’t believe what types of jobs are possible with manufacturing today).

Manufacturing in St. Joseph: What you should know

Regional and global manufacturing: two exciting areas of growth our city is known for. St. Joseph is a community of people with a strong work ethic and strong family values, and more businesses are taking notice. St. Joseph is becoming more desirable as a destination for productive manufacturing operations.

Today’s jobs in manufacturing offer more creativity, training and skill management than ever before. From robotics to computer-managed manufacturing techniques, students who like to work with their hands (and their heads) and are willing to learn these specialized skills can succeed in so many ways.

St. Joseph is now ranked as one of the top 100 manufacturing locations in the United States by Area Development magazine. Specialized equipment production, animal health pharmaceuticals, battery production and distribution – these are the types of companies that have made St. Joseph a crucial part of their business.

Aside from the quality workmanship and dedication St. Joseph residents put toward their careers in manufacturing, St. Joseph has the added benefit of infrastructure. St. Joseph is located only 35 minutes north of Kansas City International Airport. St. Joseph also has two major over-the-road arteries running through it – Interstate 29 and U.S. Highway 36.

Exciting career options in manufacturing are made possible daily at Hillyard Technical Center, including computer-based manufacturing, electronics technology, welding and many others. More women and minorities are enjoying success in manufacturing careers as well, including rapid training and promotion upon leaving high school.

How to Get Involved:

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For more information about the companies and to obtain contact information, go here.

Partner Sponsors:

AGP Ag Processing Inc.

BMS Logistics, Inc.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Conveyance Solutions by Continental

Gray Manufacturing


I & M Machine & Fabrication

Insteel Industries Inc.

LifeLine Foods

Nestle Purina

RitePack Inc.


Sealed Air

Triumph Foods

Tyson Foods

Valor Manufacturing Training

Van Am Tool & Engineering