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What is MFG (Manufacturing) Day?

An annual event that occurs in early October, MFG DAY is a national celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. SWI- MA’s 2017 event had 68 exhibitors and hosted more than 1,100 attendees, including over 550 students. This year will offer 75+ exhibitors and will be combined with a job fair to connect manufacturing companies and job-seekers.

On October 16-17, 2018, SWI-MA will celebrate with the following:

  • A PROCLAMATION from the Governor naming October as Idaho Manufacturing Month
  • A VIP RECEPTION and AWARDS PRESENTATION including SWI-MA members, expo exhibitors, manufacturers, industry supporters, legislators and regional dignitaries
  • “MADE HERE!” EXPO (10/17), Free & Open to the Public! Featuring exhibitors showcasing the products they manufacture here in Idaho; 3-D printers, robotics demonstrations, drones, industrial equipment and hands-on displays
    • STUDENT EXPO SESSION (10am-2pm) open to all secondary and post-secondary students, educators and school groups, see Educator tab
    • GENERAL PUBLIC & JOB FAIR SESSION (3pm-6pm) for applicants interested in manufacturing and related industries

2018’s event will include:

  • 75+ Manufacturing and Industry-related Exhibitors
  • 1,500+attendees, including students and the general public
  • Job Fair, open to the public
  • Highlights include
    • Micron STEM Bus Mobile Lab
    • College of Southern Idaho Mobile Cheese Manufacturing Lab
    • Local manufacturing companies showing off the vast array of locally manufactured products
    • Presentations with drones, robots and more

Why Does Manufacturing Day Exist?

Manufacturing environments are often thought of as dark, dangerous places designed for low-skilled workers. MFG DAY addresses this misperception by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what modern manufacturing is really like.

Event Schedule


Made Here! 2018 - Get Involved!


Join SWI-MA members, manufacturers, legislators and local dignitaries as we recognize area manufacturers and the important impact of the manufacturing sector on the economy. This year's event, in addition to our cocktail/appetizer reception, will include award presentations and a keynote speaker.
Tuesday, October 16
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ford Idaho Center in Nampa

  • Tickets--Available beginning August 15, 2018
    • SWI-MA members —two (2) complimentary, then $20 each
    • Made Here! Sponsors —free per sponsorship level, then $20 each
    • Non-member exhibitor or manufacturer tickets —$30 each
    • Deadline for RSVP/purchase is October 5th


  • Wednesday, October 17 from 10:00am-6:00 p.m. (at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa)
  • Job Fair is concurrent but not mandatory
  • Join 65+ other manufacturers and industry partners to showcase the opportunities in manufacturing as well as the COOL STUFF Idaho companies are making.
  • See exhibitor tab for details.

Click here for exhibitor registration!


  • Sponsor benefits include booth space, VIP reception tickets, recognition in event promotion and SWI-MA membership credit. See Sponsor yer for more details.
  • See the Sponsor tab for details.

Sponsorship Information

Download Flyer

Sponsorships Available:

All sponsors receive a free expo booth ($250 value) and can include promotional items in exhibitor bags.

Gold Level Sponsor — $5,000

  • Prominent logo on all promotional materials, including, but not limited to, SWI-MA’s MFG Day webpage, event signage, ads, event program
  • 10 VIP Reception Tickets
  • SWI-MA membership credit (up to $500 value)

VIP Reception Sponsor — $5,000

  • Speaking opportunity at VIP Reception (up to 10 minutes)
  • Logo paper goods and opportunity to display promotional items
  • Recognition on reception invitations, tickets, programs and signage at the reception venue
  • 10 VIP Reception Tickets
  • SWI-MA membership credit (up to $500 value)

Silver Level Sponsor — $2,500

  • Logo on all promotional materials
  • 5 VIP Reception Tickets
  • SWI-MA membership credit (up to $250 value)

Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor— $2,500

  • Logo on all promotional materials
  • Logo paper goods and opportunity to display promotional items in the lounge
  • 2 VIP Reception Tickets

Bronze Level Sponsor — $1,000

  • Company listing on all promotional materials
  • 2 VIP Reception Tickets

Information for Educators


At last year’s event, over 550 students traveled from all over Idaho to experience the interactive displays, meet manufacturers, and gain firsthand knowledge of available employers and careers.

2018 Made Here! Save the Date

Register your group here.

This year’s event will include:

    Open to all secondary and post-secondary student groups, featuring exhibitors showcasing the products they manufacture in Idaho. Come, be inspired by 3-D printers, robotics demonstrations, drones, and educational hands-on displays.
  • STEM BUS— Walk through an interactive exhibit featuring the latest trends in technology and engineering.
  • MOBILE CHEESE MANUFACTURING LAB— See the cheese making process in this display from the College of Southern Idaho.
  • McCAIN FOODS— Taste the delicious product samples from french fries to brownie bites and win some fun swag!
  • HOUSE OF DESIGN see the newest robots used in manufacturing today.
  • VISIT SCORES OF OTHER IDAHO MANUFACTURERS, including Western Trailer, Boise Cascade, Simplot, United Metals Recycling, Rekluse, robo-jet and many more!

Student group registration is now open! Register today!


Enlighten your class:
You may be surprised to learn that Idaho’s manufacturing industry is strong and growing fast! By 2025, nearly 2 million manufacturing jobs in the US will need to be filled—many of them right here in our backyard.

Give them a head start:
Statistically, students exposed to manufacturing are twice as likely to pursue a career in the field. Give your students the advantage of networking with the manufacturing community and learning what opportunities are available.

Take advantage of other events:
Educators are welcome to join any of the Manufacturing Day events held throughout October. Visit for a complete listing of events.

Highlights from Last Year

Last Year's Event Program Previous Years' Photo Gallery

Exhibitor Information

Register to Exhibit

2018_Made Here Exhibitor Flyer PDF


The MADE HERE! EXPO will be open to the public and will feature manufacturing companies and related industries.

Date: Wednesday, October 17th
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 p.m., 3:00-6:00pm
Location: Ford Idaho Center

Expo booth details:

  • Cost: SWI-MA members - Free | Non-member Manufacturers - $100.00 | Other Exhibitors - $250.00,  subject to approval related to space and appropriateness for our mission. Educational institutions and partner organizations, contact SWI-MA regarding exhibit space.
  • Booth: 8 x 10 exhibit booth with one table and one chair (exhibitors needing a larger area, please note in your registration and a SWI-MA representative will contact you for details.)
  • Power: 110v power for regular consumer electronics included, if you need more for your display or equipment, please give details during registration.
  • Set-up on Tuesday, 10/16 from noon to 4:00 pm. (Larger exhibits and vehicles will need to set-up from 9-12)
  • Tear-down on Wednesday immediately after the Expo. No packing or moving prior to 6pm, please. (Contact SWI-MA to discuss complicated move-outs.)

Exhibitor and Job Fair Registration is OPEN! Register Now!


  • 75+ Exhibitors, including manufacturers and their products
  • 1500+attendees, including students and the general public
  • Job Fair--many expo exhibitors will be accepting resumes/applications
  • Post-secondary educational institutions, from Career Technical programs to 2- and 4- year degree institutions
  • Micron STEM Bus
  • College of Southern Idaho Mobile Cheese Manufacturing Lab
  • Drones, robots, industrial equipment and more!


Made Here! Info Flyer

Wednesday, October 17th, 2017

Student & Educator Expo Preview-- See the Educator tab for more details

  • 10 am to 2 pm
  • Free & open to secondary and post-secondary students, educators and school groups
  • Registration will open on or before August 15th. Registering your group helps in our planning, your numbers don't have to be exact!

Expo & Job Fair--Register to Attend Now

  • 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Free & open to all
  • Learn about the diverse companies and products Made Here! In Idaho
  • See firsthand the opportunities in the manufacturing industry
  • Apply for open positions with manufacturing companies participating in the job fair
  • All attendees who register before or at the event will be entered into prize drawings!