Arizona has a lot to celebrate in manufacturing. Thanks to robust manufacturing gains, Arizona's economic development efforts broke records for the second year in a row. During the 12-month fiscal period that ended June 30, 2022, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and local economic development agencies successfully worked with companies that committed to creating a projected 24,186 new Arizona jobs—a single-year record. Those companies also committed to investing $10.75 billion in local communities.


To Celebrate Manufacturing Month, on the first Friday of October, manufacturers across the United States open their doors to students, educators, and legislators to showcase today's latest manufacturing trends and available career opportunities. . In Arizona, manufacturing is celebrated throughout the month with the Annual Manufacturing Summit and educational opportunities.


Upcoming Opportunities:


Manufacturing Day

October 7, 2022

Organize an event at your location for students and job seekers. The Manufacturing Institute has excellent resources to help get you started.

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Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | October 11, 2022

The Arizona Manufacturers Council and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host the 2022 Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon. The event starts with a trade show and panel discussion with industry experts who'll discuss current manufacturing conditions and opportunities and concludes with an awards luncheon. The event will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.




Arizona MEP Educational Events


Building Your Business in this Competitive Market

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | October 5, 2022 

This event caters to business owners and sales professionals interested in either expanding their business or growing current product offerings by learning about the skills needed to retain all aspects of their client base. The event will be held at the Arizona Commerce Authority in Phoenix. The event cost is $49 per person, continental breakfast is included.



AZ MEP Leadership Academy: Problem-Solving with Strategic Communication

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | October 19, 2022

Take your career or organization to the next level by immersing yourself in courses created by Eller Executive Education and the Arizona MEP aimed at developing leadership skills using tailored hands-on activities. The event will be held at the Arizona Commerce Authority in Phoenix. The Leadership Academy cost is $750 per person, lunch is included.



10th Annual Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | October 19, 2022

The Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority proudly present the Tenth Annual Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo. Join over 400 business and tech leaders to learn what's new and trending across Southern Arizona's tech industries, including transportation, automation, optics, biotech, mining, aerospace, defense, logistics, robotics, space exploration, IT and more. The event will be held at the Tucson Convention Center. The expo cost is $45 for AZTC members and $55 for non-members.



Overview of Lean with Simulation - MFG Month

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | October 26, 2022

Join the Arizona MEP in this four-hour hands-on event to learn basic Lean principles, such as training employees in a concentrated manner. The event will be held at the Arizona Commerce Authority in Phoenix. The event cost is $100 per person, continental breakfast is included.

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Stay up to date on all the events occurring for Manufacturing month and more by visiting the Arizona MEP events calendar.