Statewide Tour of Manufacturing

The Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing is an opportunity for schools, families, and the general public to discover the innovative and high-tech world of modern manufacturing.

We have resources for you whether you are hosting a tour or attending one. See the links below for Registering a Tour, Host Resources, Attending a Tour, or Transportation Funding. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please check out this page.

  • Register a Tour

    Register your tour and invite students and the public in and witness what manufacturing is like. By joining forces across the State of Minnesota, we are creating a movement and inspiring the next generation to consider a career in manufacturing.

  • Click to Host a Tour

    Host a Tour

    Joining forces across the State of Minnesota to create a movement and inspire the next generation to consider a career in manufacturing. Make sure to register your tour with us to help spread the word.

  • Click to Attend a Tour

    Attend a Tour

    Tours will be posted as manufacturers register for the Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing. Search for a manufacturing tour in your area.

  • Click to Sponsor a Tour

    Sponsor a Tour

    Your sponsorship helps us reach students, educators, and YOUR future employees.

  • Click to go to Student Tours page

    Student Tours

    Many tours are planned during Manufacturing Week, but tours may also be planned anytime during the school year .

  • Click to learn about transportation funding

    Transportation Funding

    If you’d like your students to tour a manufacturing facility, we may be able to help pay for some of your transportation costs. Please note: Transportation funding is subject to available funding.

The Statewide Tour takes place throughout the month of October, however, most tours will occur during Minnesota Manufacturing Week.

October 1-31. Host or attend for FREE!

Engineer Working With Apprentices On Factory Floor

Changing Perceptions

Each year, tour participants have their eyes opened to just how amazing modern manufacturing is in Minnesota. Participants also learn about the many different careers in manufacturing. In fact, according to our results for the 2019 Statewide Tour of Manufacturing post-event survey:

  • 28,080 estimated individuals attended a tour.
  • 648 Manufacturing Tours occurred statewide
  • 445 Educators attended a tour.
  • 209 Manufacturers hosted public tours.
  • 10,521 K-12 Students attended a tour.
  • 76% of students were interested in manufacturing careers.
  • 88% of businesses thought hosting a tour was worthwhile.

“I look forward to October and the Statewide Tour every year so I can expose students to opportunities they would otherwise not be aware existed. My ALC class has enjoyed visiting different cities and local manufacturing companies who are looking to hire students starting at 18. We are so grateful for the support for the transportation costs, as it would not be possible to do these tours without their resources. Because of these experiences, I am now using the statewide tour in conjunction with a mini course to teach kids how to look for jobs, explore interests, and go through the interview process. This annual opportunity and the Center’s resources are truly tools that every school in Minnesota should be utilizing.”

– Marianne Hasselberg, Oakland ALC, Milaca, MN

photo Marianne_Hasselberg