Host a Tour

It’s easy to be part of the Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing!

When can I host a tour?

Tours occur throughout October, but most tours happen during Minnesota Manufacturing Week, the first week of October.

Hosting and attending tours is FREE!

Be sure to register your tour for FREE

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Why Host a Tour?

By opening your doors to the public, you can change their perception of what a manufacturing job is and start building the next generation of manufacturers! In 2018,

  • 28.080 estimated individuals attended a tour.
  • 10,521 K-12 students attended a tour.
  • 209 manufacturers hosted a tour.

Tour attendees developed interest and awareness of manufacturing careers:

  • 76% were interested in manufacturing careers.
  • 88% were more aware of manufacturing careers.
  • 85% were more interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
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Tours Benefit Manufacturers

Manufacturers also found this to be a valuable activity:

  • 88% thought hosting a tour was worthwhile.
  • 88% felt their tours were successful.
  • 85% thought the tour provided a valuable way to build interest in manufacturing.

We have resources to help you create a successful tour.

Toolkits & Tour Guides

This toolkit explains how to get started planning a tour or open house at your facility.

If you are organizing a tour in your community, this tool kit is for you.

If you are bringing students to a tour, this guide will help you and your students make the most of the tour.

If you’ve decided to host a tour, this guide outlines best practices and tips for a successful tour.

Some recommendations on how to host a virtual tour, this guide outlines information and tips for a virtual tour.

Help us to improve our tours by completing a Tour of Manufacturing Host Survey.


“Opening our doors for tours has recently shown a return on that time and investment. We just hired a full-time person who participated in a tour a few years back. He has since graduated from a technical program and will soon be part of our team, all because of his experience touring our facility.”

– Erik Hokuf, Aircorps Aviation

“Partnering with Minnesota Manufactured is just one way we get involved to address the issues facing manufacturing today. We have seen the return on investment, as youth that once toured have pursued certifications and are now a part of our team.”

– Paul Swenson, Nortech Systems