MFG Day highlights our Local Manufacturers and their Career Opportunities

October 1, 2021

Asheville, NC – In celebration of MFG Day 2021, the Asheville Chamber and local manufacturers invite parents, students and teachers to learn about modern manufacturing—a vibrant and growing industry that offers diverse, high-paying career opportunities. In fast-paced and compelling presentations, local manufacturing employers share what they make, why young people should consider a career in the manufacturing industry, and how to build relevant skills for future workforce needs. Visit to watch the recorded presentations.

While this MFG Day program is primarily organized for students and teachers, parents are strongly encouraged to watch the recordings, as parents have great influence on what their children consider for career opportunities. The program was recorded on Friday Oct. 1 with virtual audience from Asheville City, Buncombe County and Madison County Schools.

MFG Day is a national event held annually on the first Friday in October in communities across the country and is supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents and community members at open houses, plant tours and more. The primary goal of MFG Day is to change perceptions of manufacturing and highlight the high-tech and innovative companies that are solving tomorrow’s challenges today.

“This MFG Day initiative allows manufacturing companies like ours to engage students with meaningful careers and showcase what manufacturing is really about,” said Michael Meguiar, Board Chair, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and VP Global Operations, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “We are proud to highlight the innovative work we do in the Asheville area and hope our event today inspires the next generation of workforce talent to pursue a rewarding career in manufacturing with well-paying, highly-skilled jobs. This community continues to prove that this is where people want to be to work and live, and developing homegrown talent is important to our future success.”

First held in 2012 by its founder, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, MFG Day is now organized by the Manufacturing Institute—the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers. The kick-off events around the country and month-long initiative gives manufacturers the opportunity to address the skills gaps they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry. Learn more about MFG Day and the significant impact this event has across the nation by going to the website.

“A dynamic manufacturing economy is critical to a brighter future for Asheville and Western North Carolina,” said Jay Richardson, Board Chair for the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC). “The Board of the EDC appreciates the continued effort to engage all parts of our vibrant community.”

About the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, Riverbird Research, and marketing and recruitment.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the AVL 5×5 Campaign. Visit

For more than 120 years, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has been the catalyst for economic vitality in our community. The Asheville Chamber connects more than 1,500 member organizations, both large and small, representing more than 80,000 employees, to valuable resources such as economic development and research, business education, marketing opportunities and advocacy. Asheville Chamber initiatives have stimulated economic development, influenced public policy and supported the growth of thousands of local and regional businesses. Learn more at