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MFG Day Youngstown

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What is Manufacturing Day?

Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October—this year is Oct 7, 2016.  Companies and community organizations open their doors and share what manufacturing means to them – the individuals, the jobs, the products, the process and the impact that manufacturing has on our lives and our world.  One of the main goals of Manufacturing Day has always been to get young people motivated to learn more about modern manufacturing. As we open our doors to student groups, local media, and legislators, they are educating the public about the evolution of manufacturing technology. We are inspiring the next generation of skilled workers, and sharing the story of the great work happening in Youngstown, Ohio and Beyond.


MFG Day | Youngstown, Ohio | Event Schedule

America Makes in collaboration with Hudson Fasteners and the Youngstown Manufacturing Community is opening its doors and hosting a full day of events for Manufacturing Day. This year’s theme is ‘Opening Doors, Opening Minds’. The day includes the Mayor’s proclamation declaring October 7th, 2016 Manufacturing Day in Youngstown, Ohio, followed by a presentation from MAGNET on Additive Manufacturing. Between 12:00 and 2:00pm there will be an exhibition at the MGallery featuring keynote speaker, former Youngstown Mayor, Jay Williams U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, local 3D Printers, the manufacturing community, Youngstown Business Incubator, Youngstown State University STEM College, the Regional Chamber of Commerce and more guests to be announced. Beginning at 2:30pm America Makes will host a mini factory tour and live Pecha Kucha ‘Opening Doors, Opening Minds’ with featured speakers!

Attending any or all of the events is FREE however we do require that you register ahead of time as seating is limited. 

It’s going to be a great day; we look forward to seeing you at the events!

Opening Doors & Minds | MFG Day Events in Youngstown, Ohio

To attend, click the link below for registration:


mfg-day-proclamation-youngstownMFG Day Proclamation presented by Mayor John A. McNally | Networking & Refreshments provided by the Mahoning Valley Manufacturing Coalition

 WHEN: 9:00 – 10:00 am
WHERE: Youngstown Business Incubator 241 W. Federal Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44503 

MAGNET’s Dave Pierson Presents Additive Manufacturing Insights at America Makes. Explore the history of Additive Manufacturing, the current state and where this technology is headed

WHEN: 10:15-11:30 am
WHERE: America Makes 236 W. Boardman Street, Youngstown, OH 44503 

Dave Pierson, Senior Design Engineer

Dave Pierson is a Senior Design Engineer for MAGNET and a notable figure in the advanced manufacturing community. He has 21 years of varied and practical additive manufacturing training experience as well as 40 years of experience in mechanical and electric engineering and programming.

Pierson regularly develops and delivers training curriculum and trains operators, students, and engineers on past and present additive techniques. His experience covers seven AM standards categories as set by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

In addition to his work at MAGNET, Pierson has taught courses on engineering and additive manufacturing at Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College. He has also worked as a data engineer for Porsche, where he helped develop and set up race vehicles. He has earned additive manufacturing training certificates from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


jay-williams  U.S. Economic Development Administration                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

WHEN: 12:00-2:00 pm
WHERE: M Gallery 112 W. Commerce Street, Youngstown, OH  
Keynote Speaker:
Jay Williams U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development
Manufacturers, Local 3D Printing Companies| YSU STEM College | Life Size Presidential Bobble head’s presented by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce

Jay Williams was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and was sworn into office on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

As the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), Williams is charged with leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the global economy.

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Jay served as the executive director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. In this capacity, he worked directly with state and local stakeholders in areas affected by the changing American automotive industry to deliver federal support to ensure they returned to better economic condition.

He also served in the White House as Deputy Director for the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In this position, he led efforts to engage mayors, city council members, and county officials around the country.

Williams served as the Mayor of Youngstown, Ohio from 2006 to August 1, 2011. During his tenure as Mayor of Youngstown, Williams led efforts that had a direct impact on improving the quality of life for the citizens of Youngstown.

Williams is the recipient of the 2007 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award. The JFK Library Foundation, in conjunction with the Harvard University Institute of Politics, annually recognizes two exceptional young Americans- under the age of 40, whose contributions in elective office, community service or advocacy demonstrate the impact and value of public service in the spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

Prior to being elected, Williams spent five years as the Director of Community Development for the city. Before transitioning into public service, Williams enjoyed a distinguished career in banking, which included stints at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and First Place Bank, as a vice president.

Assistant Secretary Williams was born and raised in Youngstown. He graduated from Youngstown State University with a B.S.B.A., majoring in finance.


MFG Day M-Gallery Exhibition Participants: 





WHEN: 2:30 – 5:00 pm

WHERE: America Makes 236 W. Boardman Street, Youngstown, OH 44503 

America Makes Factory Tour & Pecha Kucha™ Youngstown | Wrap-up with Congressman Ryan, Mayor John McNally, YSU President Jim Tressel,  Local manufacturers, Students and Academia

This National Manufacturing Day, America Makes in collaboration with Hudson Fasteners and the Youngstown Manufacturing Community is opening it’s doors and hosting a “Opening Doors, Opening Minds” Pecha Kucha™, inviting local manufactures, 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.


Pecha Kucha™ was started in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. It is a fun, engaging TedX™ style presentation format that has now spread to over 800 cities around the world.

Pecha Kucha™ 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds.

This National Manufacturing Day, America Makes in collaboration with Hudson Fasteners and the Youngstown Manufacturing Community is opening it’s doors and hosting a “Opening Doors, Opening Minds” Pecha Kucha™, inviting local manufactures, 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.

Click the names below to learn more about the presenters.

Dr. Ayesha Maria Gonsalves: Technical Program Manager, General Electric’s Center for Additive Technology Advancement

Dr. Ayesha Maria GonsalvesDr. Ayesha Maria Gonsalves is the Technical Program Manager at General Electric’s Center for Additive Technology Advancement in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to taking on this role in 2015, she was a Lead Materials Engineer in the Chemical Energy Systems Laboratory at the General Electric Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY. She received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from McMaster University in 2002.  She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2009 and 2011 respectively, under the advisement of Dr. Jay Whitacre, at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ayesha currently drives additive manufacturing programs that have an impact across multiple GE industrial businesses. She is a GE certified DFSS Black Belt and is passionate about driving process and design change with understanding gained from robust datasets.

Prior to working in the additive manufacturing sector she developed expertise in energy storage, conducting structural and electrochemical characterization of both lithium and sodium based batteries. During her time at the GE Global Research Center, she ran the Igniting Minds math program for the GE Albany Hub which is a corporate sponsored mentorship program founded by the Asian Pacific American Forum (APAF). She has also chaired the Manufacturing, Chemical and Materials Technologies Starters’ Club and been an active member of the GE Women’s Network (GEWN).

In 2015 Ayesha was recognized by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society as a Young Leader in the Materials Engineering field.  She has received GE internal awards for technical excellence, community impact, and customer focus.  Ayesha is excited to meet you, the scientists and engineers of tomorrow!

Eric MacDonald, Ph.D., P.E.: Professor of electrical and computer engineering

Eric MacDonald, Ph.D., P.E.

Eric MacDonald, Ph.D., P.E.
Friedman Chair for Manufacturing
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Youngstown State University,


Eric MacDonald, Ph.D. is a professor of electrical and computer engineering – with a joint appointment in manufacturing program and is the Friedman Chair for Manufacturing at Youngstown State University.  Dr. MacDonald received his B.S. (1992), M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2002) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in industry for 12 years at IBM and Motorola and subsequently co-founded a start-up – Pleiades Technologies, Inc. – specializing in self-test circuitry and CAD software and the startup was acquired by Magma Inc. (San Jose, CA).  Dr. MacDonald spent 2003 to 2016 at the University of Texas at El Paso as the associate director of the W. M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation and held faculty fellowships at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, SPAWAR Navy Research (San Diego) and a State Department Fulbright Fellowship in South America.  His research interests include 3D printed multi-functional applications and closed-loop control in additive manufacturing with instrumentation and computer vision for improved quality and yield. Recent projects include 3D printing of structures such as nano satellites with electronics in the structure (one of which was launched into Low Earth Orbit in 2013 and a replica of which is on display at the London Museum of Science).  He has over 50 refereed publications, several patents (one of which was licensed by Sony from IBM).  He is a member of ASEE, senior member of IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

Candys Mayo: Founder of the Engineering Services Start-Up company Q.U.E.E.N.-OHIO

Candys Mayo

The narrative labeled “From the Projects to the Pentagon” is authored by Youngstown native and future leader Candys Mayo, founder of the Engineering Services Start-Up company Q.U.E.E.N.-OHIO. Candys started her nearly 15 year career in Engineering as a civilian contractor for Navy and Coast Guard shipyards all around the Nation. She is now back in the City that started it all with a message that is sure to inspire and encourage you. Her strong dedication of Women in S.T.E.M programs is apparent. Graduating Engineering Tech Prep in 1999, Associate degree of Science in 2004, a Bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems in 2013 and a Masters Certificate in 2014 in Project Management, is evidence she is certainly an advocate for Women in education. Please join us in inviting her to the exciting line up of Pecha Kucha speakers for this year’s Manufacturing Day 2016.

Paul Palovich: Co-owner of PP&M (Prototypes, Parts and More)

Paul Palovich

Paul Palovich born in Youngstown grew up in Struthers -earned a mechanical engineering degree with a polymer science major from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) -retired from Delphi Packard after 36 years in various assignments including engineering, manufacturing, production control, production engineering, and quality control. -has been involved with additive manufacturing since the mid 1980’s -currently co-owner of PP&M  (Prototypes, Parts and More), a division of Printing 3D Parts, Inc.

Rich Wetzel: YBI Additive Manufacturing Business Coordinator; Co-founder of Freshmade 3D

Rich Wetzel

Rich Wetzel began his career in Additive Manufacturing as an intern for MakerBot in New York City, which lead to a position at the Youngstown Business Incubator as an Entrepreneur Intern in September of 2014. Following his last semester at Youngstown State University, he was hired as the Additive Manufacturing Business Coordinator for YBI. He earned a degree in International Business and Entrepreneurship, while also taking up an interest in Additive Manufacturing. Last year, Rich co-founded Freshmade 3D, an YBI portfolio company that specialized in using digital manufacturing for the production of rare and custom parts for the restoration industry.  

Brian Alls: Co-founder of Bravura 3D, LLC

Brian Alls

A photographer, and creative director, Brian Alls is also the co-founder of Bravura 3D, LLC, a 3D Printing technology company that is a portfolio company of the Youngstown Business Incubator. His educational background is in Mechanical Engineering at Youngstown State University, and has professional experience that includes the design work and global implementation of global projects with The United States Air Force, Delphi Packard Electric Systems, Toyota’s North American Manufacturing Engineering headquarters, and General Motors’ Global Manufacturing Engineering division.

A 2015 TEDxYoungstown speaker, and 2016 25 Under 35 Honoree, Brian Alls has exhibited his support for the “Maker” movement while discussing the benefits of 3D printing at events like Maker City Youngstown, hosted by America Makes. Additionally, he is a strong advocate for both STEM and entrepreneurship education, and has worked with various youth-focused organizations, through speaking engagements, mentorship, and other various outreach events.

Ashley Martof: Master’s student, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Ashley Martof

Ashley Martof is currently a Master’s student at Youngstown State University pursuing a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Ashley Martof is also a graduate research assistant and her research interests involve analyzing business models for the use of additive manufacturing for aerospace maintenance and sustainment. She first got involved with additive manufacturing as an intern at America Makes, the national additive manufacturing innovation institute (NAMII) located in Youngstown, Ohio. Through her internship she was able to develop 3D Printing curriculum for students and teachers and currently hosts camps and after school programs that deal with the new technology. She stays involved on campus as an advisor for Tau Beta Pi and member of the Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (CIAM).

Audra Carlson: Director of Education and Public Programming, OH WOW!

audra carlson

Audra Carlson Director of Education and Public Programming, OH WOW!Audra is a proud YSU Alumni, graduating in 2006 with a BA in Psychology, followed by coursework in Middle Childhood Education. As leader of OH WOW!’s education department, Audra is responsible for development and implementation of hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) enrichment programming for students in grades preK through 8th grade and their adults. While with OH WOW! Audra has worked with Senator Sharrod Brown’s office, The Mahoning Valley Manufacturer’s Coalition and the YWCA of Youngstown to develop the Summer Manufacturing Institute, a summer experience for students in grades 4-6 that showcases local manufacturing careers through hands-on projects, tours and interactions with manufacturing professionals.  Audra also helped to develop OH WOW!’s InspireWorks exhibit. This space encourages children and adults to explore different materials and processes while designing and building their very own contraptions. Audra lives in Liberty Township with her husband and 3 children.

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Related NEO Events: 

Manufacturing Day, October 5, Erie Pa.

Erie Manufacturing Day will be held from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie. In conjunction with partners at Tech Fest and Career Street, the Manufacturer & Business Association will be hosting the programs to offer students a chance to learn more about the opportunities available in today’s modern manufacturing field.

Visit for more.

Event Flyer

Date: October 18, 2016

Event: Cutting Edge Manufacturing 

Time: 9:00am-2:00pm

Where: Mahoning County Career & Tech Center – 

7300 N. Palmyra Rd., Canfield 

Audience: Youth outreach to grades 6-10

MFG Day 2016

Photo GalleryMFG Day 2015 | Youngstown, OH


MFG DAY Growth Skyrockets!

MFG Dayhas been phenomenal: From 240 events hosting 7,500 visitors in 2012 to 2,600 events and 400,000+ guests in 2015.

2016’s Goal = 3,000 events. This goal can only be met if every event that takes place is registered on the official list at Whether you simply invite the friends and family members of your employees or the entire community, your event should be on the calendar. Please take the 5-7 minutes required to put your event on the map. As of this date there are already 608 events listed.

Join them in celebrating manufacturing!




Proclamations are a great way to get elected officials to recognize and honor manufacturing and Manufacturing DaySM celebrations. Anyone can ask for a proclamation – a manufacturer, a member of the Chamber of Commerce or economic development team from a region, or someone who is serving as an area organizer of MFG DAY events. It’s as simple as picking up the phone and calling the office of your mayor, county board chairman, or congressional representative.


The biggest question we hear at MFG DAY is “what should the proclamation say”? A government office will usually have plenty of general information available about manufacturing in their city, county, or state that they can include in the proclamation. If you are requesting a proclamation and are asked for ideas about what can be written, a great place to go for ideas is the Proclamations page of There you can look through a large number of already posted proclamations from this year and last year. You’ll come away with lots of good ideas. Once you have obtained a proclamation, be sure to scan it and post it on the proclamations page of for others to see.

Host an event to join the MFG DAY movement!

Students are the workforce of the future. This is your opportunity to provide advice about the kinds of careers that your company offers, the type of training and educational coursework you seek when hiring employees. There is no better time to offer comments about opportunities available to dedicated workers with a professional attitude. If there are specific kinds of training or skills that you need and find it hard to hire for, let them know.

Your event can be of any size or shape. The MFG Day event planning resources will help you design an event that fits.

Sign up and become part of the MFG DAY story!



Register Your MFG Day Event

Manufacturing Day 2016 is  October 7th!


Did you know that when it comes to planning a Manufacturing Day event, registration is the easy part? As long as you have your information on hand, all you have to do is fill in the blanks! Once you register as a site user, there are three steps.

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Use the “What will you Discover?” teaser, looping videos and countdown clock videos to get your audience excited to attend your event! 

Rock MFG Day kit

Captivate your audience with cinematic films that bring technology and manufacturing careers to life, a customizable slideshow presentation and Interactive Perception activity.

Rock MFG Day kit

Host engaging discussions on career opportunities in manufacturing and use the hands-on 3D printing and CNC machining projects to show technology in action.

Rock MFG Day kit

With the Post Event Survey and Parent Resources, you can send students and attendees home with tools to receive feedback from your event and inspire parents.


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Q: When is MFG Day 2016?

A: MFG Day 2016 is Oct. 7, 2016. 

Q: Who can participate?

A: Everyone! Whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor or in some way associated with manufacturing, you can host an event and participate.

Q: Why participate in MFG Day?


MFG Day is a great opportunity to…

  • Tell your company’s story
  • Dispel outdated myths about manufacturing
  • Inspire a new generation of manufacturers
  • Connect with potential customers in your community
  • Learn about manufacturing extension partnerships that can improve your efficiencies and workforce skills and boost your profits
  • Visit other manufacturers to initiate business relationships and learn what is being made in your community

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