South Bend Region's MFG Day is October 4

Published Monday, September 23, 2019

On Friday, October 4, the sixth annual South Bend Region Manufacturing Day will provide nearly 800 area students with the opportunity to visit local manufacturers, explore education and career opportunities in our community, and see how their classroom learning today is building a foundation for their future success.

The South Bend Region Manufacturing Day presenting partners are Centier Bank, Tenneco, and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) Michiana Chapter. Additional sponsors include: 1st Source Bank, AEP, FDC, Honeywell, Ivy Tech Community College, Nuway Construction, Conexus, Elkhart Plastics, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Polytechnic South Bend, and Tuesley Hall Konopa, LLP.

“The Chamber is excited by the growing collaboration between business and education in our region and proud to serve as a connector and leader of initiatives like Manufacturing Day,” says South Bend Regional Chamber President & CEO Jeff Rea. “Engaging students and showing them the wonderful opportunities in our community to continue their education, begin a career, and make an impact helps drive growth of existing business and attraction of new ventures. Helping educators connect their teaching to career opportunities in our community can positively influence each student’s education and personal choices and provide inspiration as they envision their future.”

On MFG Day, manufacturers across the country will open their doors to the community to show what really goes on in today’s manufacturing sector and dispel myths that may exist among people who are not involved in manufacturing. In the South Bend Region, students and educators from nine high schools and SBCSC Adult Education will learn about real career opportunities, training, and resources. The day will also support educators as they work to introduce their students to career possibilities.

MFG Day is an opportunity to:

  • inspire the next generation by showing how they can make a difference through manufacturing;
  • give guidance on how to take the first step toward starting a career in modern manufacturing;
  • make it clear that manufacturers need the next generation;and
  • show students, parents, and educators the opportunity, creativity, possibility, and accomplishment that comes with a career in manufacturing.

Students and the community need to know:

  • manufacturing is technologically advanced, with ample use of automation, 3-D printing, robots
    and screen technology;
  • in the South Bend Region, the annual average salary of manufacturing workers starts at $33-40,000, with the ability to grow into positions that could average $75,000+, including pay and benefits;
  • over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed – and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap;
  • manufacturers in the US perform more than 75% of all private-sector research and development in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector.
  • there are many career opportunities within manufacturing – including human resources, accounting, purchasing, logistics, and more!

To address this issue, more young people must be inspired to pursue manufacturing careers. Having students participate in MFG Day events is a wonderful opportunity to start this conversation and begin ensuring the future of manufacturing in the U.S.

Manufacturing Day 2019 planning is led locally by the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with NTMA Michiana Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Polytechnic South Bend, South Bend Community School Corporation, Career Academy, Mishawaka High School, Penn High School, New Prairie High School, Saint Joseph High School and SBCSC Adult Education. The following manufacturers and educators are also assisting with planning and will host tours or be on site at Ivy Tech to share their story with students:

Allied Specialty Precision
AM General LLC
B&B Molders, LLC
Bertrand Products, Inc.
Bethel University
C & S Machine
Complexus Medical
Corteva Agriscience - Pioneer
Curtis Products, Inc.
Daman Products
Elkhart Plastics, Inc.
FDC Graphic Films
General Stamping & Metalworks
Hoosier Racing Tire
Hubbell RACO
Imagineering Finishing Technologies
Ivy Tech
The Lebermuth Company, Inc.
Lippert Components
Mack Tool & Engineering
North American Signs
Nuway Construction
Pretzels, Inc.
Purdue Polytechnic South Bend
Purity Cylinder Gases*
Rieth-Riley Construction
St. Joseph Energy Center
Schafer Industries, Inc.
Sew Loved, Inc.
South Bend JATC 153 Electrical Training Alliance
South Bend Modern Molding
Speedgrip Chuck Company
Steel Warehouse
Steel Warehouse Profiling/Riverside
Tire Rack
Trine University
Yamaha Robotics

MFG Day is a national effort, supported by a variety of organizations, to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy. It is a way to encourage local manufacturers to connect with students, parents, and educators to explore how they can be involved in the growing number of manufacturing-related careers across the country. More information is available at