Manufacturing Day

MFG DAY 2020 Logo


Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October—any day can be a Manufacturing Day.

MFG Day 2020 with ShopBot Tools

Thank you for celebrating the 8th annual MFG Day on October 2 with the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) and Durham’s ShopBot Tools, one of the largest producers of digital fabrication equipment for small-to-midsized manufacturing, DIY and education markets.

Founded in 1996 by a Duke University neuroscience professor, ShopBot Tools quickly rose to prominence in the digital fabrication tool industry, becoming a pioneer of affordable computer numerical control (CNC) tools.

We were given an inside look at ShopBot Tools. We learned how the company was developed, directly from founder Ted Hall. Then, get an inside look at the way their tools are built, how they have put Lean manufacturing principles to work and how they are constantly working on innovating their tools to help their customers succeed.

Watch the MFGDAY2020 ShopBot Tools Virtual Event that was held on October 2, 2020.



The Mfg Day Mission

MFG DAY addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

NCMEP help support annual MFG DAY activities across North Carolina with the cooperation of local partners, manufacturers and businesses.

For resources and more information about MFG DAY, be sure to visit the website


Are you a manufacturer? Host an industry tour!

Manufacturing Day is the ideal time to open your doors and demonstrate what you make and how you make it, while showcasing your employees and operations. It’s also a great opportunity to show the kinds of jobs available in your company and explain the skills and knowledge you seek in qualified employees.

Join with other NC manufacturers and partners and host an industry tour, register here.

Click here to see the NCMEP #mfgDAY2017 photo album.