The celebration of USA Manufacturing occurs every October with events throughout the month. The celebration helps illustrate the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors for folks to see the importance of manufacturing firsthand.
An estimated 4.6 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in the United States over the next decade. Events like Manufacturing Week are coordinated in hopes that the next generation of manufacturers will become inspired for careers in manufacturing, along with those who are currently looking for an amazing career.
This page will be your source for information as we celebrate manufacturing week right here in Macon County. Below you will find event details, videos, information on manufacturing careers, fun facts, and other resources.
Have fun and enjoy learning more about a huge part of Macon County’s past, present and future!
Creators Wanted Tour in Decatur
Creators Wanted is coming to Decatur during October 24-26 and will be located at Shilling Center at Richland Community College. Creators Wanted is the U.S. manufacturing industry’s largest campaign to build the workforce of tomorrow – and inspire, educate and empower a new generation of creators today. Join us as we show our community what modern manufacturing is all about.
Creators Wanted is bringing an immersive experience, programming, and an online resource hub to help people in communities like Decatur explore their future in manufacturing. The Tour features an award-winning immersive experience to help students, parents, and teachers and other career mentors learn and get excited about careers in modern manufacturing. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet manufacturers, get hands-on with manufacturing technology, and participate in programming with stars in the industry.
Creators Wanted is brought to you by local manufacturers ADM and Caterpillar, and has partnered with Illinois Manufacturing Association and FactoryFix. Students and community members alike are invited to attend this complimentary event.
Learn more about the event and register here.
Makers on the Move
The Illinois Manufacturers Association’s (IMA) Makers on the Move bus tour will take place across the state between October 7-14th. This tour is focused on showcasing manufacturing in Illinois and highlighting the manufacturing industry’s innovation and the many job opportunities available in the industry today.
The featured stop in Macon County is at Macon Resources on Wednesday, October 12th at 5PM. View event details here.
Take a Look Inside
Get an inside look at some of our local manufacturers and their employees. You’ll explore factory floors, get a peek at some products, meet staff members, and learn how easy it is to start your career in manufacturing. Click on the video links below.
Training and Careers in Manufacturing
Interested in exploring careers in manufacturing? You’re in luck! Macon County has 93 manufacturer employers and employ more than 11,000 people. It’s no wonder why we were named a Top Ten Manufacturing Hub in the Nation in 2021.
If you’re new to the field and are interested in getting some training first, Richland Community College (RCC) can help you get started. Their Workforce Development division provides the training and resources needed to stimulate economic development and individual fulfillment. This helps train individuals to step into the workforce or enhance their current skill sets by providing a wide-range of courses for adults, teens, children and seniors to build on interests or new skills. For more information on the Workforce Development division at RCC, click here. Unsure of what type of training would best suit you and your interests? My Next Move can help you decide. Take the career assessment now.
If you are already trained and ready to go find that next career, check out the Limitless Decatur Careers page. The list is compiled of the most recent job postings within the last 30 days. Happy hunting!
Additionally, Workforce Investment Solutions may also provide available job listings, resources and training opportunities locally. Learn more here.
Did you know? Well, now you do! Click on each of the graphics below to enlarge.
Fun Fact #1 – Over $2.7 billion worth of goods were produced by Macon County’s manufacturing sector in 2020.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Fun Fact #2 – The Decatur MSA has the highest per capita concentration of manufacturing employment in Illinois.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Fun Fact #3 – At $95,387 a year, the average annual income of a manufacturing employee in Macon County was 41% higher than the average income for the nation in 2021.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Fun Fact #4 – 42% of manufacturer employees in Macon County are women.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies
Fun Fact #5 – Of all jobs in Macon County, nearly 1 in 4 are in manufacturing.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Data
Want more? Check out some national stats here.
Want more? We don’t blame you. Check out all these great resources for even more information on manufacturing.
Official MFG Day website – Learn where and how the manufacturing celebration began.
Illinois Manufacturers’ Association – Yes, manufacturing is so BIG it has its own association!
Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center – Helps manufacturing companies with improvements in all areas of the company’s organization.
Mason Manufacturing Video – Learn more about Mason Manufacturing, their culture, products, and why they enjoy living and working in Decatur, Illinois.
T/CCI Manufacturing Video – Take a look to see what all is compressed at T/CCI. Hint: It’s a lot.
Decatur Industrial Electric Video – Watch as Decatur Industrial Electric tells us how they keep industries running.
voestalpine Nortrak Video – Listen as we celebrate another great manufacturing company located in Decatur, voestalpine Nortrak.
Akorn – Learn more about Akorn and who they are.
Huston Patterson – Explore the different types of jobs that Huston Patterson offers.