Manufacturing Day

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About Manufacturing Day 2023: Friday, Oct. 6

Recognized nationwide on the first Friday of October, manufacturers open their doors to share with local communities and students the crucial role manufacturing serves in the economy -- as well as the important and rewarding jobs it provides. As experts predict 4.6 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in the U.S. in the next 10 years, it's timely as ever to raise awareness on the vast opportunities available in a manufacturing career, and especially metalcasting!

From submarines to kitchenware to rocket ships, metal castings are everywhere under the sea, on land, and above us. The $50 billion industry supports nearly a half-million jobs in the country, with castings being used to produce 90% of all manufactured durable goods and machinery.

On Oct. 6, 2023, AFS will highlight member companies taking part in Manufacturing Day 2023, as well as sharing fun facts, videos, and insights about careers in metalcasting. 


Host Your Own Manufacturing Day

Are you passionate about spreading the positive message of metalcasting? Manufacturing Day is your chance to open your doors to the public and educate on the importance of metalcasting. It’s also your opportunity to demonstrate to younger workers that metalcasting can be a great career. Whether you're holding a traditional plant tour, or hosting a virtual Manufacturing Day celebration, AFS has put together resources below to support the success of these Corporate Member events.

Are you hosting an event? Email your plans to Bill Finn at bfinn@afsinc.org and register your event with the Manufacturing Day website. Interested in purchasing a finished Foundry-In-a-Box kit? Contact Trent True at Kent State University for details. For copies of Melting Point, AFS's magazine for grade-schoolers, email Shannon Wetzel at swetzel@afsinc.org.

 

For AFS Member Companies

Guides & Templates

Infographics & Facts

Videos & Demonstrations

Activity Books

 

For Educators

Videos & Demonstrations

Infographics & Facts

Activity Books

For Students

Videos & Demonstrations

Activity Books

  • Manufacturing Activity Book - Mazes, word searches, puzzles and more that teach kids the basics of manufacturing and metalcasting. (Published by AFS Corporate Member Batesville Products, Inc.)
  • Manufacturing Coloring Book - Fun pages to color, based on illustrations from the children's book Foundry Friends Make a Casting. (Published by AFS Corporate Member Batesville Products, Inc.)
  • ​​​​Manufacturing Experiments - Hands-on manufacturing activities for home or school. (Published by AFS Corporate Member Batesville Products, Inc.)
     
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AFS is committed to providing these resources as part of its Advocate-Educate-Innovate mission.