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Manufacturing Month

Celebrating Manufacturing in Minnesota - October 2021

This year, Minnesota will celebrate October as Manufacturing Month – a change from the week-long celebration in year’s past. CMMA's goal is to build a strong Manufacturing Month of activities and events with our partners, manufacturers, schools, and communities by exhibiting and marketing the opportunities in the high-tech world of modern manufacturing. CMMA

When planning or marketing your own manufacturing events or activities on social media, please use "#MNManufacturingMonth" to make it easier for those interested to find your information.

How can I participate in Manufacturing Month?

  • Manufacturers can offer in-person or virtual tours; reach out to local schools and offer presentations about manufacturing career pathways; sponsor school's VEX Robotics programs; or set up scholarships with local colleges.

Host a Tour

Tour Guide

Virtual Tour Guide

  • Schools can reach out to local manufacturers to request personalized tours for their teachers and students; ask local businesses for swag or materials to do manufacturing projects in their classrooms; and help students understand the successful career pathways available in manufacturing.

Teachers' Tour Guide

K-12 Transportation Funding

  • Chambers and community leaders can recognize local manufacturers by highlighting their local companies and debunking manufacturing myths in their newspapers and on social media sites; have a luncheon for local manufacturer recognizing their contributions to the community; offer proclamation certificates to their local manufacturers.

Community Tour Guide

Statewide Events

Tour of Manufacturing

The month will include tours of area manufacturers and will feature both in-person and virtual tours. Learn how to host, register, attend, or sponsor a tour at: Minnesota Manufactured.  For more information and details on Manufacturing Month, visit DEED's CareerForce.  

Tour of Manufacturing video

Attend a Tour of Manufacturing in Your Area

Central Minnesota Tour of Manufacturing

Click on our virtual magazine above to learn more about area manufacturers offering tours.

Click here to watch Governor Walz speaks on Minnesota Manufacturing Month 2021.

Click to here to watch Minnesota DEED Commissioner Steve Grove speak on Minnesota Manufacturing Month.

Workforce Wednesday: Diversifying Your Workforce

October 6 • 11:00am - 12:00pm • Virtual

Join the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Workforce Strategy Consultant team on October 6 to celebrate manufacturing month. Currently over 60% of the manufacturing workforce are white males. This virtual meeting will focus on highlighting proven strategies to build talent pipelines; hearing and sharing best practices; and networking with other Minnesota employers about diversifying your workforce.  Register.

Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline 101 Webinar

October 7 • 9:00 - 10:00am • Virtual

This webinar will walk attendees through the basics of employment-based training, share tips and advice about how to set up a dual-training initiative at your company and offer resources the Pipeline team has developed to support on-the-job-training and partnerships with education providers. It is intended for people new to Pipeline as well as those who would like a refresher about the program.

The MN Job Skills Partnership Programs (MJSP) Training Grant Programs

October 13 •  10:00 - 11:00am • Virtual

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) offers grants through a variety of programs to offset training-related expenses incurred by business, industry, and educational institutions to meet current and future workforce needs. Join us for an overview of the grant opportunities available through these programs. Register.

Regional Events

West Central Minnesota Area Job Fair

October 13, 2021 12:00 - 5:00pm, Willmar, MN

Bring your resume and dress for success! Meet the area’s top human resource directors, business owners, manufacturers and employment services. Masks required on campus at Ridgewater College.  Flyer.

Elk River Cool Jobs Tour

October 12, 2021 4:00 - 7:00pm, Elk River, MN
Today’s manufacturing is about advanced technologies, state of the art facilities, and fast paced, interesting work environments. But most of all, manufacturing is about seeing the end product and knowing you contributed. Tour local manufacturers (Distinctive Iron, Metal Craft and/or Sportech) and see for yourself...
  • 4:00 - 4:45  Tour
  • 5:00-5:45    Tour
  • 6:00 - 7:00  Free Dinner & Presentation - Meet at Metal Craft for food, prizes and a presentation from Metal Craft and Dunwoody.
This evening of career exploration is open to community members, middle and high school students and their guardians. Please Register Online before October 7 at For more information on the event contact Amy Lord at ISD 728:   Flyer

Manufacturing CTE Jamboree

October 21 • 7:30 - 11:00am • ROCORI High School

CMMA is excited to sponsor the 2nd annual central Minnesota CTE Jamboree. This is an effort to bridge the gap between education and the manufacturing industry as we build stronger career pathways by developing student training and apprenticeship opportunities through Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways for high school students. We invite school board members, superintendents, principals, counselors, CTE Teachers, manufacturers, and community leaders to hear about the thriving CTE initiatives in our state. The format will allow local manufacturers and educators to interact and vision programs to expand on the CTE focus that is taking place in education right now. Tours of Coldspring, leading bronze manufacturer, natural stone fabricator, and quarrier of all types of natural stone in North America, will also be available.  Register.

Manufacturers Career Fair

October 21 • 10am to Noon • Monticello

Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services, Inc. will be hosting manufacturing-focused Career Fair in Monticello. For more information, contact Tim Zipoy at

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