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Companies large and small will showcase modern plastics manufacturing and trumpet career opportunities on Oct. 7.

Geoff Giordano

October 4, 2022

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The plastics industry is showing up in a big way for Manufacturing Day 2022 on Friday, Oct. 7, with dozens of companies and the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) geared up to drive home the importance of plastics as a manufacturing force and leader in sustainability initiatives.

Manufacturing Day “is the manufacturing industry’s biggest annual event to inspire the next generation to start careers in modern manufacturing through a series of focused events to promote manufacturing to students and parents,” explained David O’Brien, Vice President of Strategic Communications for the National Association of Manufacturers. “It is the one day every year on which the entire industry comes together and speaks with one voice.”  

The manufacturing showcase comprises events small and large, coast to coast. More than 420 events are planned, O’Brien said. Included among those are:

  • Xcentric Mold and Engineering (Clinton Township, MI) will hold a plant tour on Oct. 8 to show off quick-turn part prototyping and provide an in-depth look at the technology that powers today’s innovative machines — including the company’s proprietary software, which trims days off the span from design to part production. Actual parts will be produced and packaged on site.

  • Hoffer Plastics Corp. (South Elgin, IL) will participate in its 12th consecutive Manufacturing Day since the event’s inception in 2011. The custom injection molding company plans a monthlong celebration, which includes Hoffer experts speaking with members of the media to showcase the plastics industry’s growth and opportunities.

  • Industrial Heater Corp./Hi Tech Fabricating (Cheshire, CT) will open its facility to the public, said Vice President Tom McGwire, “but as we are an ITAR facility, this is limited to American citizens. We've done this every year since 2015. We show visitors the products we make and the equipment we use. We want to showcase the technology used in manufacturing today to show that there are exciting careers at our company and in our industry. We want to impress how important manufacturing is and how critical it is that we promote and grow it in our country. The supply chain issues during and after COVID are a good recent example.”

  • Advanced Blending Solutions (ABS; Wallace, MI) held an event on Sept. 22 that was open to the public. Community members from several local counties came for tours, demos, and on-site interviews, said Marketing Manager Chloe Linsmeier. “This was our first Manufacturing Day event. We had over 80 attendees this year and set a goal to exceed 100 next year. We wanted attendees to get a better idea of who ABS is and what opportunities are here in our community.”

  • The STEM Careers Coalition, a national STEM initiative powered by corporate leaders and anchored in schools by Discovery Education, will offer three curated resources: Manufacturing-focused career profiles will showcase manufacturing professionals using the skills they learned in school to become problem solvers; hands-on at-home learning activities will help students take STEM skills from theory to practice in areas like food packaging and precision design; and classroom activities accessible at no cost that feature STEM skills.

The US plastics industry accounted for nearly a million jobs and $468 billion in shipments in 2021, according to PLASTICS data. Furthermore, the plastic products portion of the plastics industry was the sixth-largest US industry in 2020, according to the organization’s 2022 Industry Size and Impact report.

“The members of the plastics industry are proud of the innovative work we are doing on a daily basis to improve people’s lives while maintaining a low environmental footprint,” said Ashley Hood-Morley, Vice President, Industry Engagement, at PLASTICS. “Manufacturing Day is a wonderful opportunity to underscore that fact and invite both current job seekers and young people planning their futures to be part of it all. As we continue to grow, and the workforce turns over, we will need more people who have the skills and the passion to make things.” 

PLASTICS members “open their doors, in the spirit of Manufacturing Day, to show their communities the accomplishments and opportunities that modern plastics manufacturing represents,” Hood-Morley added. “As students are considering their future employment opportunities, we encourage those who have a passion for working in highly technical and innovative spaces to make things better to consider a career in plastics.”

Find a Manufacturing Day event near you.

These plastics-related companies have announced their participation in Manufacturing Day:

Accutrex Products Inc.

Advanced Blending Solutions

AGSS Automotive

AmeriChem Systems

ARCH Cutting Tools

Ascent Aerospace


Avon Machining

BAE Systems

Baker Industries

Berg Tool Inc.

Best Tool & Engineering

Chicago Mold Engineering


Complete Prototype Services

Daiek Woodworks

Dana Inc.

Detroit Radiant Products

Diamond Envelope Corp.


DWM Holdings

Dynamics Group

Dynasty Fab

Eagle Flexible Packaging


Eifel Mold & Engineering

Elite Mold & Engineering

Fisher Dynamics

Fori Automotive

Futuramic Tool & Engineer

GKN Additive (Forecast 3D)

Greater Chicago Advanced


JB Cutting Inc.

KUKA Robotics

L&L Products

Lanzen Inc.

Luckmarr Plastics




Minco Tool and Mold Inc.

Models & Tools


National Bronze MFG. Co.

Oakley Industries

PCS Company

PTI Engineered Plastics

RAVE Computer

RCO Engineering Inc

Rocktech Systems

Smith and Richardson

Stanley Engineered Fastenening

Synergy Additive

Synergy Prototype Inc.

Systematic Manufacturing



TK Mold & Engineering


UHI Group

Valley Education

Valley Industrial Association

Weldaloy Specialty Forging

Xcentric Mold & Engineering

Zero Tolerance Inc.

About the Author(s)

Geoff Giordano

Geoff Giordano is a tech journalist with more than 30 years’ experience in all facets of publishing. He has reported extensively on the gamut of plastics manufacturing technologies and issues, including 3D printing materials and methods; injection, blow, micro and rotomolding; additives, colorants and nanomodifiers; blown and cast films; packaging; thermoforming; tooling; ancillary equipment; and the circular economy. Contact him at [email protected].

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