Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day: A Nationwide Celebration of Makers!

Manufacturing Day is a national initiative that puts a spotlight on manufacturing. In New Mexico, it’s a month-long spotlight on New Mexico-made products and the more than 27,000 New Mexicans working in the manufacturing industry. It’s an opportunity to enhance public knowledge about the economic impact of manufacturing in our state, highlight resources, and introduce students to careers in manufacturing. Download the flyer.

Celebrated every October, events have typically included tours of manufacturing facilities and presentations that demonstrate the vast range of products made in New Mexico. Events are listed here as they are organized.

Manufacturing Day 2021 at:

  • 550 Corridor: A series of events celebrating manufacturing along the U.S. Route 550 highway corridor from Bernalillo to the Colorado state line. (Click on each event for additional details.)
    • Friday, October 15 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pmBond Wilson Technical Center competitions, presentations, resources, demonstrations
    • Wednesday, October 20 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm — Conversation and Connection Virtual Event with San Juan College Quality Center for Business, NAPI, and Four Corners Economic Development hosted by WESST, SBDC, and New Mexico MEP
    • Thursday, October 21 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm — Value Stream Mapping workshop by New Mexico MEP at San Juan College Quality Center for Business in Farmington
    • Thursday, October 21 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm: United Nations Day  Project Rocky Mountain Region Broadband Virtual Town Hall
    • Wednesday, October 27 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (pending confirmation)—  Women in Manufacturing Luncheon hosted by WESST
    • Date Pending — Navajo Agricultural Products Inc. (NAPI)
    • Date Pending — Cuba High School Drone Event with NASA Robotics Mining Challenge, New Mexico Tech, Drone Soccer, U.S. Forest Service, Build With Robots

In 2020, events went virtual, and manufacturing companies were invited to submit videos of their processes, capabilities, and workers. Videos were shared on social media and in newsletters throughout October. In November, a playlist was created and shared with New Mexico schools and students. Watch the individual videos below, or view all of them together on YouTube.

Sincere thanks to these companies and groups that participated in Mfg Day 2020 under the unusual circumstances created by COVID-19.

We look forward to again engaging students, community leaders, and the public in tours of manufacturing facilities in October 2021. Scroll down to see what took place during previous years on Manufacturing Day.


Here’s what happened during Manufacturing Month, October 2019:

  • 25 companies in 13 New Mexico communities gave tours.
  • 6 resource organizations in 4 communities held open houses.
  • 547 students attended presentations and facility tours.
  • 13 proclamations were issued by mayors and the governor.
  • Hosts included lighting factories, food and beverage producers, manufacturers of solar and medical devices, and more.
Students from University and Early College High Schools tour the AerSale facility in Roswell.

Thank you to the companies and organizations that participated by opening their doors, with special thanks to those who have participated multiple years to show students and the public what manufacturing in New Mexico is all about.

AerSale, Build With Robots, Chocolate Cartel, Continental Machining Company, DACC Workforce Center, Fab Lab Hub, FUSE Makerspace, Glass-Rite, Insight Lighting, Integra Technologies, Just Click Printing, La Primera Tortilla Factory, Curtis & Curtis Seed Company, Pattern Energy, QC Group, MediNatura, Mezel Mods, BNSF Railway, Old Wood, Alaska Structures, MediNatura, SolAero Technologies, Art of Chocolate Cacao Santa Fe, Marty’s Meals, Valencia Flour Mill, Private Label Select, Black Mesa Wineries.

In addition to the above-mentioned, more than 35 companies and service organizations participated in Conversations at a Crossroads; a full-day exhibition-style fair held in Cuba, New Mexico. Thirteen summits, fairs, and workshops such as this were held in 8 communities.


Here’s what happened in October 2018:

  • 31 events took place in 10 New Mexico communities.
  • 25 New Mexico manufacturers and resource organizations hosted public or student tours, gave presentations or held open houses.
  • 150 students from six schools attended facility tours; 3,700 students attended career fairs.
  • 11 proclamations were issued by mayors and the governor.
  • Hosts included architectural woodworking and lighting factories, food and beverage producers, manufacturers of solar and medical devices, and more.
Mfg Day 2018 at FUSE Makerspace and Build With Robots; Photo by Jane Phillips Photography

Thank you to the companies and organizations that participated by opening their doors, with special thanks to those who have participated multiple years to show students and the public what manufacturing in New Mexico is all about.

ABB Installation Products, Build With Robots, CNM Ingenuity, EXHIB-IT!, Fab Lab Hub, FUSE Makerspace, Glass-Rite, Insight Lighting, Just Click Printing, La Primera Tortilla Factory, Marpac Medical Device Manufacturing, MediNatura, Meow Wolf, OGB Architectural Millwork, Old Wood, San Juan College Quality Center for Business Makerspace, Second Street Brewery Rufina Taproom, SolAero, Solaro Energy, Stanco Metals, Valencia Flour Mill, Vibrant Corporation, Vivo Vino, WESST Enterprise Center.



This was New Mexico’s fifth annual celebration. Gov. Susana Martinez proclaimed October Manufacturing Month, and 11 cities, towns and counties issued their own proclamations, which were read by mayors, county commissioners and city councilors. Representatives from the offices of Rep. Michele Lujan Grisham, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Sen. Martin Heinrich attended events.

Thirty-one manufacturers opened their doors for public and private tours. More than 350 students from 10 schools received private tours of 16 manufacturing facilities. Other educational events resulted in the introduction of more than 3500 students to careers in manufacturing.

Thank you to the following companies and organizations for participating in a range of Mfg Day 2017 events:

Albuquerque & surrounding areas: ACIM, EXHIB-IT!, Glass-Rite, HT Micro, Insight Lighting, Integra Tech, Marpac Custom, MediNatura, Mezel Mods, OGB Architectural Millwork, Rader Awning, Sisneros Bros. Mfg., Sunpower by Positive Energy Solar, TEAM Technologies, Valencia Flour Mill, WESST; Las Vegas, Santa Fe & North Central: Black Mesa Winery, Extraordinary Structures, Fab Lab Hub, La Puerta Originals, MAKE Santa Fe, Old Wood, Private Label Select, Santa Fe Business Incubator, Santa Fe Spirits, Verde Food Company; South: ARCA Space, New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Stem Expo, St. Clair Winery, Solaro Energy, Truth or Consequences Brewing Co.; East: Broadview/Pattern Energy, Cummins Inc., Glenco, Leadership Clovis, Leslie Candy, Southwest Cheese

Read about the Mfg Day 2016 experience one group of students had in Albuquerque:

Young people can be hard to impress, but students from Albuquerque’s Academy of Trades and Technology (ATTHS) charter school were visibly stoked by a tour of Rader Awning during 2016 Manufacturing Day events. > READ STORY

See another group’s experience in Taos:

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New Mexico celebrated Mfg Day 2016 during the entire month of October. Fifty events took place in 16 New Mexico communities. This figure is way up from last year! Thirty-two companies and organizations, and students from 15 schools across the state participated in events ranging from facility tours to presentations and workshops. During the month-long series of events, New Mexico manufacturing came into the spotlight, and connections were made. Eleven proclamations were issued by mayors and the governor, and joining the tours were legislators and other decision-makers as well as businesses seeking to do business with the hosting companies.

Kicking off Manufacturing Month in the state was Innovation Celebration, New Mexico MEP’s award ceremony in partnership with the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program (NMSBA) at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. Other events leading up to facility tours included experienceIT NM; Innovate New Mexico’s Technology Showcase; a New Mexico Small Business Assistance outreach event and luncheon; and the New Mexico MEP-moderated panel discussion “Innovation to Manufacturing” at projectY Cowork.

Student tours and events in the Albuquerque area were:

  • Technology Leadership High School students visited QC Group, TEAM Technologies, and Applied Technology Associates at Sandia Science & Technology Park.
  • Insight Lighting and other members of the New Mexico chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association attended the La Cueva High School Career Fair.
  • Academy of Trades & Technology students toured OGB Architectural Woodworking and Rader Awning.
  • Bernalillo Middle School students toured Insight Lighting and Mezel Mods

Farther south:

  • Cemco did a presentation at School of Dreams Academy in Los Lunas
  • Cottonwood Charter School in Socorro visited Solaro Energy
  • Freanna Yoghurt in Clovis did a presentation at Clovis High School Freshman Academy

In the north:

  • Students from Santa Fe Community College’s Greenhouse Management program toured Herbs Etc
  • Rio Gallinas Charter School students toured Old Wood in Las Vegas
  • Taos Academy students toured Private Label Select
  • Deming High School students visited Alta Luna Solar.

Thank you to the following companies and organizations for participating in a range of Mfg Day 2016 events:

Albuquerque area: Aquila Group, Exhib-It!, Glass-Rite, OGB Architectural Millwork, Rader Awning, Insight Lighting, Mezel Mods, Clear Light New Mexico, WESST; Las Vegas, Santa Fe & north central: Las Vegas Business Hub, Old Wood, MAKE Santa Fe, Herbs Etc, Santa Fe Business Incubator, Santa Fe Spirits, Santa Fe Brewing, Black Mesa Winery, Los Alamos Makers, projectY, Eureka Effect, Farmington, Private Label Select, Bloomfield Invents; south central: Aviation Aerospace Career Expo, ARCA Space, Black’s Smuggler Winery, Valencia Flour Mill.

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Manufacturing Day 2015 in New Mexico was a success!

Thirty-three companies across the state (over 2,300 nationally) hosted well attended tours. During the week-long series of events, New Mexico manufacturing was talked about and witnessed, connections were made, and the business of 21st-century manufacturing came into focus.

Eleven mayors and the governor issued proclamations, legislators and other decision-makers joined the tours, students from many schools attended, and tour hosts enjoyed local media coverage. New Mexico’s participation sends the Mfg Day message loud and clear: Manufacturing is a big and bright part of our future.

Here’s a glimpse of several of the tours:

Thank you to the following 33 businesses for hosting Mfg Day tours in 2015:
Albuquerque metro: Glass Rite, OGB Architectural Millwork, UNIRAC, Urban Fresh Cosmetics, Aquila, Desert Paper and Envelope, Insight Lighting, Marpac, Air Products & Chemicals, STA Technologies, TEAM Technologies, QC Group, HT Micro. Jarales: Valencia Flour Mill. Deming: Compass Components, Mizkan, Luna Rossa Winery. Farmington & Aztec: Jack’s Plastic Welding, Pesco. Las Cruces area: Engineered Wire Products (formerly Reinforcement Systems); Calculex; Certoplast; F&A Dairy Products; Northwire. Santa Fe: Herbs Etc, Mesa Photonics, Santa Fe Business Incubator, Sigma Labs, JMSY Casting, Vapor Blast Solutions, Santa Fe Spirits. Socorro: Solaro Energy. Taos: Private Label Select.

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New Mexico was a significant player in 2014’s national effort: 37 New Mexico companies contributed to a total of 1,639 participating companies nationwide. Some companies were visited by decision-makers with the ability to affect New Mexico business: Legislators, county commissioners, city councilors and economic developers. Others opened their doors to students, who may consider careers in manufacturing, and to existing and potential customers. New Mexico companies were noticed by mayors and city councilors, many of whom issued proclamations declaring Manufacturing Day in their area. They joined Gov. Susana Martinez and President Barack Obama, who proclaimed Oct. 3 National Manufacturing Day.

Thank you to the following 37 New Mexico businesses for hosting tours in 2014:

Albuquerque & Rio Rancho: Apple Canyon; Great Face & Body by My Sacred Fig; Insight Lighting; Intel; Lectrosonics; MARPAC Medical Mfg; Micro Nano Network companies; OGB Architectural Millwork; PureColor Inc; TEAM Technologies. Belen area: Valencia Flour Mill. Deming: Compass Components; Solitaire Homes; St. Clair Winery; Luna Rossa Winery; Border Foods; Preferred Produce. Farmington: SJC Incubator resident startups – Damtech; One Source Solutions; San Juan Closet Works; Real Green Building Systems; E3 Power and Water. Hobbs & Eunice: Urenco USA; RMS Foods; Watson/Hopper, Inc. Las Cruces: Reinforcement Systems; CALCULEX. Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Taos, Velarde: Herbs, Etc; La Puerta Originals; Old Wood; Private Label Select; Black Mesa Winery. Silver City & Mule Creek: Mule Creek Adobe; Syzygy Tile. Socorro: Solaro Energy.

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This is what Manufacturing Day in New Mexico looked like in 2014 and 2013:

Infographic: Manufacturing Day 2014 in New Mexico


The following infographic from illustrates what manufacturing really looks like in the U.S.: