Arizona Business Voice: Manufacturing Month

September 25, 2015 – There are a number of annual traditions that mark the beginning of fall.  Here in Arizona, a personal favorite is the ceremonial first pour of member Four Peaks Brewing Company’s best-selling Pumpkin Porter.

But craft beer isn’t the only thing on tap in Arizona. Four Peaks Brewing Company is just one of more than 4,000 Arizona manufacturers who together generate $24 billion in annual manufacturing output – from microchips, to space vehicles, helicopters, guided missiles, and more. That’s why the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Arizona Manufacturers Council are pleased to take part in an emerging fall tradition – Arizona’s third annual Manufacturing Month this October.

We’ve dedicated the entire month to celebrating the state’s cutting edge manufacturers – teams of makers, innovators, and job-creators who are literally building our world and reshaping the future. We’ve lined up tours with a few of them, and you’re invited to join us on the shop floor:

  • PING tour, 10/2/2015 8:50 AM – Sign up here
  • Local Motors tour, TBA – Sign up here
  • KAMMA round table, 10/26 12:00 PM – Sign up here
  • McKee Foods tour, 10/26 2:00 PM – Sign up here
  • Four Peaks tours, throughout the month – Find a tour here
  • SubZero tour, TBA – Sign up here

Also, be sure to join us for our Manufacturing Month capstone event, the Arizona Manufacturing Summit and Awards Luncheon, presented by SUMCO Phoenix Corporation on October 30th at the Arizona Biltmore.  This two-part event kicks off with a morning tradeshow and summit featuring panel discussions with industry experts, and concludes with a well-attended luncheon featuring members of Arizona’s congressional delegation, and awards presented to leaders in Arizona’s manufacturing community for:

  • Outstanding Small/Medium Manufacturer
  • Excellence in Innovation
  • Excellence in Sustainability
  • Manufacturer of the Year

If you know of a manufacturer who is due for some recognition, please nominate the manufacturer today. Self nominations are also encouraged:

Please remember to tweet for Manufacturing Month using hashtag #MFGAZ. Follow us at @azmanufacturing or by clicking here.

And if you’d like to host a tour of your manufacturing operation in October, sign up by clicking here.

Until next month…


Glenn Hamer