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CareerForce is hosting career exploration and other events for Manufacturing Month in addition to all of the manufacturing events posted on the Statewide Tour of Manufacturing website - make sure to check out tours near you!

Additional Manufacturing Month events are posted regularly.

Events for People Looking for Employment in Manufacturing

Oct. 26 - Manufacturing Month Tours in Little Falls, Open to the Public. Explore the manufacturing industry with two public tours. Locations and times: 10 am - 12 pm at Wabash, 700 Paul Larson Memorial Dr., Little Falls; and 12:45pm - 2pm at Lakeshirts, 609 13th Ave NE, Unit #LF22, Little Falls.

Oct. 27 - Manufacturing Breakfast to honor manufacturers in Roseau, Kittson, and Lake of the Woods counties. Michelle Grimm of Marvin Windows and Doors will deliver the keynote address at this event.  The Northwest Minnesota Manufacturers’ Association will award savings bonds to 4 high school students selected as winners of their sponsored 500-word essay contest on What Manufacturing Means to Me. Those winners will read their winning essay and will be presented their savings bond at this event.  Event is sponsored by CareerForce, NW Private Industry Council, and NW MN Manufacturers’ Association. Register in advance and receive location information by calling Jessica Bordun at 218-463-2233.

Oct. 27 - On-site Employer of the Day Event 10am to noon at CareerForce in Chaska, 602 East 4th Street, Chaska. This is an opportunity to meet with local manufacturing employers and learn more about their company and job openings. The first few job seekers to meet with employers will each receive a $10 Target gift card. Employers attending include Curtiss Wright and Wigen. Please call 952-361-1711 for more information. 

Oct. 27 - Cool Jobs Tour 4-7:30 pm at manufacturers in the Elk River area - open to all community members, middle and high school students and their guardians. Today’s manufacturing is about advanced technologies, state-of-the-art facilities, and fast-paced, interesting work environments. But most of all, manufacturing is about seeing the end product and knowing you contributed. Tour local manufacturers and see the variety of career opportunities available at local companies (wages, job skills, responsibilities), learn about the pathways to building the knowledge and skills needed to qualify for today’s manufacturing jobs and witness the purpose and value of the modern manufacturing companies located in the Elk River area. Manufacturers include Elk River Machine Company, CDI Curbs, TimRon Precision Gear, Inc. and wrap up at Metal Craft Machine & Engineering, Inc for a tour, light meal and a presentation on on careers in and training for Manufacturing. Participants must provide their own transportation. Learn more and register here by October 7

Nov 17 - CTE Jamboree from 7:30am-11am at St. Michael Albertville High School, Albertville sponsored by the Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association (CMMA) School board members, superintendents, principals, counselors, CTE Teachers, manufacturers, and community leaders are invited to this event to hear about  thriving CTE initiatives in our state. The format will allow local manufacturers and educators to interact and vision programs to expand on the CTE focus that is taking place in education right now. Tours will also be available. More information and registration.


Events for Employers

Oct. 18 - Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Grant Overview 10am-11am - virtual event - The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership offers grants through a variety of programs to offset training-related expenses incurred by business, industry, and educational institutions to meet current and future workforce needs. Join us for an overview of the grant opportunities available through these programs. This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event to those who registered. Watch recording.

Oct. 26 - Introduction to Apprenticeship 10am-11am - virtual Attend this event hosted by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to learn about registered apprenticeship and the benefits of growing and sustaining an innovative workforce. Register now.


Past events:

Oct. 5 - Manufacturer / Employer of the Day, 9:30 - 10:15am at CareerForce Blaine, 1201 89th Ave NE, Suite 235, Blaine. Meet with Federal Ammunition / Vista Outdoor about their Anoka corporate headquarters and production jobs.

Oct. 5 - Manufacturing On-site Hiring Event, 10:30am - 12:30pm at CareerForce Blaine, 1201 89th Ave NE, 2nd Floor, Blaine. On-site employers include: Federal Ammunition / Vista Outdoor, Greenheck Group, Lexington Manufacturing, Life Fitness, nVent Hoffman, Parker Hannafin Corporation, Randstad USA,  Rosenetics, Teamvantage, Ultimate Staffing. See flyer

Oct. 5 - Workforce Wednesday: Innovative Ways to Connect with Students and Build Your Workforce, 11am-noon, noon-12:30 additional "unplugged" opportunity - virtual event - Join DEED's Workforce Strategy Consultants for an engaging discussion to learn about strategies for engaging potential talent through career exploration opportunities with youth. Hear from a panel of employers and subject matter experts on promising practices for developing and strengthening your organization’s youth career pathways using various methods including community outreach programs, apprenticeships, and summer exploration experiences. Register now For general questions and accommodation requests, please email:

Oct. 6 - Greater Mankato Tour of Manufacturing, 9am - 3 pm.  All events are open to the general public unless noted otherwise. Participants in the tour can show up at companies at any time during the tour timeframe; however, it is recommended to check tour schedules to determine the best arrival time. See and 2022 Tour Magazine.  

Oct. 6 - Manufacturing Hiring Event 2-4pm virtual and on-site at CareerForce in West St. Paul at 1 Mendota Road West Suite 170, West St. Paul On-site employers include: Resource Manufacturing, Sage Glass, All Inc., Greenheck Group, Schwing America, North Star Sheets, Polar Semiconductor, Thomson Reuters, NCE Empowering Safety. Find out more and register for the virtual event.

Oct. 6 - Career Solutions’ Welding Discovery Day 4-7pm at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, 1542 Northway Drive, St. Cloud Park in Lot D, Enter Door 10, Start in Welding Lab: 1-367 & moving to Classroom 1-377 Learn about the high-demand world of welding in this FREE 3-hour information session! For more information, contact Jackie at Career Solutions:

Oct. 6 - Tour of Manufacturing in Detroit Lakes 10am - 5pm. Visit 1 or all 7 companies for facility tours, manufacturing career information, and job interviews! Companies: Friesen's, BTD Manufacturing, Lakeshirts, SJE, TEAM Industries, Dynamic Homes, Rural Minnesota CEP. See more information or call Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce at 218-847-9202.

Oct. 8 - Greater Mankato Tour of Manufacturing, 9am - 1pm.  All events are open to the general public unless noted otherwise. Participants in the tour can show up at companies at any time during the tour timeframe; however, it is recommended to check tour schedules to determine the best arrival time. See and 2022 Tour Magazine. Companies: Cambria (Le Sueur); D & K Powder Coating; Rolls-Royce Solutions America; SpecSys; ZF Off-Highway Solutions.

Oct. 11 - On-site Hiring Event 10am-12pm at CareerForce in St. Cloud, 1542 Northway Drive, enter Door 2. Employers and job seekers can contact Kelly at CareerForce in St. Cloud for details:

Oct. 11 - On-site Teen Career Exploration Event Focused on Manufacturing 4:15-6pm at the Woodbury Central Park Amphitheater Washington County CareerForce is partnering with the Washington County Libraries to offer Teen Career Conversations. October is Manufacturing Month and also TeenTober for the library. So our first of the series will focus on occupations in Manufacturing. Join our panel of professionals in the manufacturing industry for a moderated discussion exploring their educational and professional journeys that brought them to the manufacturing field. The second half of the event will be an open Q&A session so attendees can ask the panel more questions. Learn more.

Oct. 12 - Employment-Based Training for Manufacturers: An Introduction to Registered Apprenticeship, Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline and Youth Skills Training 9am-10am - virtual event - The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) is hosting this overview of employment-based training programs of registered apprenticeship, Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline and Youth Skills Training. DLI representatives will share how combining on-the-job training with related instruction can help attract and recruit talent in manufacturing. Attendees will learn how to help meet their workforce needs through registered apprenticeship and Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline as well as how to create excellent opportunities for career exposure and career pathways for 16 and 17 year old high school students interested in manufacturing through Youth Skills Training.

Oct. 19 - Manufacturer / Employer of the Day, 9:30 - 10:15am at CareerForce Blaine, 1201 89th Ave NE, Suite 235, Blaine. 
Meet with Ziegler CAT about their openings in Bloomington, Shakopee, and more locations throughout the state. 

Oct. 19 - Job Hiring Event, 1 - 3 pm at CareerForce Wadena. Manufacturing companies attending: Doherty Staffing for Homecrest Outdoor Living; Lund Boat Company; Lamb Weston. Location: CareerForce, 124 1st Street Southeast Suite 2, Wadena

Oct. 20 - On-site Job Fair 10am-12pm at CareerForce in Monticello, 406 East 7th Street, Monticello, sponsored by Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc. (CMJTS). Employers and job seekers can contact Tim at CMJTS for details:

Oct. 20 - Manufacturing Luncheon held at the Legacy Center in Thief River Falls to honor area manufacturers in Pennington, Marshall, and Red Lake counties. Keynote Address, "Keep me in MIND: Manufacturing Includes and Needs Diversity" given by Michelle Grimm, Marvin Windows and Doors, and member of the Northwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board. Event sponsored by CareerForce, NW Private Industry Council, Advance Thief River, and the Thief River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Register in advance by calling Thief River Chamber of Commerce at 218-681-3720.

Oct. 20 - Exploring Careers In Manufacturing info session, 1:30pm - 2:30 pm, at CareerForce Willmar, 2200 23rd Street NE #2040, Willmar, in the Kandiyohi County Human and Service Building. Have you considered a career in manufacturing? Join us! Explore manufacturing jobs and occupations in demand; match jobs to your experience, education, and interest; hear about jobs that require a high school diploma and no experience with great pay, good benefits, and opportunities for advancement. Get your questions answered. Register in advance: Call, text, or email Susan at 320-979-1526 or

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