Manufacturing Day is almost here and the fastener industry is getting ready to participate.

Manufacturing Day is one week away! This will be the fifth year Manufacturing Day has been in existence. Its purpose is “Opening Doors and Opening Minds” to the possibilities and benefits of not only the manufacturing industries, but also manufacturing as a career path. From 240 events that welcomed 7,500 visitors in 2012 to 2,600 events with 400,000 guests in 2015, Manufacturing Day continues to spread the word about the industry. 2016’s goal is 3,000 events, and that can only be met if every event that takes place is registered on the official list at mfgday. com.

From hosting physical events at one location or many, to virtual events, attending events, and more, Manufacturing Day encourages manufacturers to invite students, parents, teachers, politicians, and even other manufacturers to join them in exploring what modern manufacturing has to offer. No longer dirty work, manufacturing is becoming a technology rich industry, shifting into an age of the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, analytics, robotics, connectivity, and more as it aims for effectiveness and efficiency.

In addition, manufacturing opportunities are not necessarily within the boundaries of university degrees. Young professionals do not have to invest countless dollars and years into professions to have a good life for themselves. Instead, they can attend community colleges, technical schools, and training programs to bring about a great amount of reward. If you have ever experienced the stress of the skills gap or workforce acquisition, Manufacturing Day serves to change that. By interacting with students and adults, you can change the perception of your company and the industrial sectors. 

Are you ready, fastener industry?

This year, Fastener News Desk teamed up with the Fastener Industry Coalition to promote involvement of the fastener industry in Manufacturing Day 2016.  We have created a special page dedicated to the MFG Day 16 in the Fastener Industry with everything you need to get your event. It’s an excellent opportunity to open up and share why you are passionate about the fastener industry. In addition, it’s a great way to rediscover why you love it. If you’d like to read more our partnership to promote the movement in the fastener industry, read the article featured HERE in the Fall 2016 issue of LINK Magazine. As you may know, the National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo (NIFMSE) is coming up at the end of next month. This is a chance to differentiate yourself as a company and give yourself an advantage when recruiting talent. 


Below are some of the fastener industry companies that are participating in Manufacturing Day 2016. If you are hosting an MFG Day 16 event, please email the information to




 1 Industrial Way/Hudson Fasteners
October 7, 2016 | 9:00am-5:00pm

MFG Day Proclamation presented by Mayor John A. McNally | Networking & Refreshments

9:00 – 10:00 am (Youngstown Business Incubator)

MAGNET Presents Additive Manufacturing Insights at America Makes10:15-11:30 am (America Makes)

Keynote Speaker Jay Williams U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development | Exhibitors: Manufacturers, Local 3D Printing CompaniesYSU STEM College | Life Size Presidential Bobble head’s Regional Chamber of Commerce

12:00-2:00 pm (M Gallery )

Tour & Pecha Kucha™ Youngstown | Wrap-up with Congressman Ryan, Mayor John McNally, Local manufacturers, Students and AcademiaThis National Manufacturing Day, America Makes in collaboration with Hudson Fasteners and the Youngstown Manufacturing Community is opening it’s doors and hosting an “Opening Doors, Opening Minds” Pecha Kucha**, inviting local manufacturers, leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers and students to tell the story of manufacturing in their own words. Story ideas can include sharing the experiences of your career, cool technologies (like 3D Printing!) that you use in making something, products that make an impact, etc.

2:30 – 5:00 pm (America Makes)

*Subject to change 

For more information visit:


A Raymond Tinnerman

OCTOBER 7, 2016 | Invitation-Only Event  

Facility Tour / Presentation

800 W Co Rd 250 S
Logansport, IN 46947  

The week prior to Manufacturing Day, representatives from A Raymond Tinnerman will be visiting local 8th grade career classes to talk about careers in manufacturing. We will also have tours of our manufacturing facilities on October 7 for students from Logansport High School’s Century Career Center. We will a have a table at the Ivy Tech open house on October 7 in the afternoon. On October 8, our Industrial Engineer, Cathy Fawcett, will participate as a Women in Industry Panel Member for an event being held at Ivy Tech.  


A Raymond Tinnerman:

AFI Industries, Inc

 AFI Industries, Inc. 
October 7, 2016 | 8:30am  – 5:30pm 

Facility Tour / Job Fair / Manufacturing Expo / Presentation

 475 Kehoe Blvd
Carol Stream, IL 60188 

AFI has been in business for 40 years providing fastener solutions to all major industries like Automotive, Military, Aerospace, Lawn and Garden and more. We will be opening our doors to students to showcase our 110,000 sq. manufacturing facility and to educate them in the cold-heading process of externally threaded fasteners. For more information or to register contact us at or call 630-871-7815. *No open toed-shoes, hearing and eye protection will be provided. AFI is looking for mechanically inclined individuals to work in the manufacturing plant and learn the trade. We are also looking for individuals interested in sales and other depts. 

AFI Industries, Inc.:

October 7, 2016 | 9:00pm  


This year AMG Bolting Solutions is inviting last years 350+ online participants, as well as, any students, company owners, or MRO professionals who seek to learn more about manufacturing efficiency, productivity, cost-controls, and tool safety.  

AMG Bolting Solutions:

Buckeye Fasteners Company

OCTOBER 7, 2016 | Invitation-Only Event

Facility Tour

33 Lou Groza Blvd
Berea, OH 44017  

Buckeye Fasteners Company is hosting Max Hayes Technical School, a technical school located in Cleveland, OH, for a tour. Participants in the tour will learn about every department at Buckeye and its function, from engineering, to production, and everything in between. The purpose of the tour is to expose the next generation of manufacturers as to the vast opportunities that exist in the field. The students will learn about every department at Buckeye and its function, from engineering, to production, and everything in between.

Buckeye Fasteners Company:


OCTOBER 7, 2016 | 4:00PM  | Invitation-Only Event 

Facility Tour / Presentation

19871 Ingersoll Dr
Rocky River, OH 44116 

Earnest Machine is hosting an Open House for Manufacturing Day. 
Students are able to tour the facility from 2-4. Customers and friends of Earnest are invited to join us from 4:00-8:00 for facility tour, food, drinks and a cornhole tournament. 
For more information or to register, please contact Elise Bastian at or call 440-895-8400 ext 114. 

Earnest Machine:

Brighton Best

Irvine Valley College/Brighton Best International Event 
October 7, 2016 | 9:00am  

Facility Tour / Presentation

12801 Leffingwell Rd
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670  

Merry Kim –Project Director, CTE of Irvine Valley College in conjunction with Brighton Best International & Doing What Matters program is hosting a Teachers Externship to all of Orange County teachers including High School, College, University and Middle School level. Learn about Fasteners! How they are made, how they are tested. On hand demo’s, presentations and talking to each department head about their job functions, so you can bring on-hand work experience in the Industrial world to the classroom. Contact Merry Kim at for more.

Irvine Valley College:

Brighton Best:

Rockford Fastener, Inc.

OCTOBER 6, 2016 | 9:00AM  – 12:00PM

725 South St
Rockford, IL 61102  

Currently in the planning stages for the2016 event. More details later.

Rockford Fastener, Inc.:


Valley Forge & Bolt

October 7, 2016 | 9:30am  – 3:30pm  

Facility Tour / Job Fair / Presentation

4410 W Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85043 

Take some time to visit a forging shop that has existed for over 40 years and specializes in, not just fastener manufacturing, but fastener innovation and load indicating technology. A technology that is certainly revolutionizing bolted joints. We pride ourselves on 100% Traceability within our manufacturing shop and will show you in detail just what goes into making a reliable and quality performance fastener. 

TWO SESSIONS: 9:30am and 1:30pm (approximately a 2 hour tour) 

On this facility tour all participants will have the opportunity to explore and get an in depth view of our advanced ERP System, large hot-headed FORGING, HEAT TREAT, ROLL THREADING, CNC MACHINING, ASSEMBLY and ENGINEERING (Auto CAD and design). You will also have the opportunity for a full product showcase of our patented load indicating technology, fasteners that show visually how tight they are. We are the only manufacturer of fasteners of this kind, worldwide.  

Opportunities for internships and manufacturing positions available. 


Valley Forge & Bolt:


Thank you to the Fastener Industry Coalition and all participating companies for being part of Manufacturing Day 2016.

To get involved in sharing your story and following the events of the day by using #MFGDay16.

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