Manufacturing Month

National Manufacturing Day Mission

National Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions 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.

What is Manufacturing Day?


National Manufacturing Day is observed annually on the first Friday in October. Throughout the month, manufacturers open their doors and take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Today’s science, technology, engineering, and math graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation, and harnessing their potential is an economic imperative.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared October as Manufacturing Month by issuing a proclimation on Setember 26th, 2019.  

BAMA joined member Omnicell to accept the proclamation of declaring October Manufacturing Month by Mayor Rick Kriseman in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Manufacturing provides employment for over 33,000 Pinellas residents directly at an average wage of over $63,000 annually. 

Manufacturing industry representatives from across Hillsborough County accepted the Hillsborough County manufacturing month proclamation on October 16, 2019.

On October 17, 2019, Cliff Culik, BAMA's Vice-President was presented with a Proclamation by Mayor of Clearwater George N. Cretekos along with Exectuive Director, Beth Galic, Megan Meiers of Monin and Dru Wilson of USI Insurance. 

The Mayor urges all citizens to join in recognizing the value of our manufacturers and importance they serve in the city of Clearwaater.

Manufacturing provides jobs to approximately 30,000 Pinnellas County Citizens, and the almost 1,300 manufacturing facilities in Pinnellas County make products as diverse as high-tech turbines to groumet flavorings.  

BAMA Business Advisor, Paula DeLuca accepts the Pinnellas County Manufacturing Month Proclamation with Dru Wilson of USI Insurance and Jerry Custin of the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce on October 22, 2019 at the Board of County Commissioners meeting. 

Highlights of Manufacturing Month 2019


Over 1300 middle and high school students from the Tampa Bay area visited 25 local manufacturing companies as part of Manufacturing Month.  By working together during and after MFG Day, manufacturers and schools can address the skilled labor shortage, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the entire industry.

East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering were excited to tour Valpak on October 4, 2019 and see the robotics live and in action! 

High school students from East Lake High School got to take a look inside Kimball Electronics’ Tampa manufacturing facility today. During the tour of their 150,000 sq ft. facility, the students learned about the roles of process engineers, product engineers, test engineers, quality engineers and electronics engineers.

Performance Feeders in Oldsmar, Florida hosted 35 high school students from Seminole High School to show them the latest in parts feeding innovations. 

Southern Manufacturing Technologies (SMT) opened their doors to 12 middle schools durining the month of October. High school students from Leto High School were one of the schools who got the chance to learn about the precision machine components and assemblies SMT manufacturers for the Aircraft, aerospace and defense industries

Lockheed Martin Aeronotics got high school students from  East Lake High School excited about what modern manufacturing really means & provided some inspiration for them to become future industry leaders during the tour of their facility in Pinellas Park.
 High School Students from Middleton High School learned all about Tampa International Airport operations. The airport supports local manufacturing by cargo shipments. Some of the products that are shipped on a regular basis include metal products, optical, and medical/dental manufactured devices

Over 30 kids from Seminole Middle School leaned about jet engines and aerospace technology today at Belac in Oldsmar, Florida. The students toured the 30,000 square food facility, watched a company overview presentation and of course had delicious pizza complements of Belac.

International Paper located right here in Tampa Bay links people to products by creating the packages that brings consumers their goods. Today, they opened doors and minds for Manufacturing Day. They welcomed Marshall Middle School - inspiring a new generation of manufactures. 

Students from Osceola Fundamental High School toured Omnicell in Pinnellas County to learn about the company and their medication management technology

Students from Shields Middle School got to check out the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) Fab Lab and had a blast learning about science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing. The discussed programming, experienced flight simulations and learned about design, prototyping and product testing. 

Mastercut Tool educated students from Boca Ciega High School on what a career in manufacturing has to offer.

Hydro-Dyne hosted students from Palm  Harbor Middle School to support students considering a career in the manufacturing industry.  Hydro-Dyne is a leading manufacturer of screening and grit removal equipment for municipal and industrial water and wastewater facilities.  

H & S Swansons' Tool Company hosted high school students from Largo to show them their precision machining capabilities.  

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