On the Road to tell Washington's Manufacturing Stories

mfgweekManufacturers help drive Washington’s economy, employing more than 284,000 people in good-paying careers and contributing more than $60 billion in goods annually. To help raise awareness of how important — and vibrant — manufacturing is in Washington, AWB hits the road in early October for our annual Manufacturing Bus Tour.  AWB staffers spend more than a week in a custom-wrapped tour bus, visiting shop floors in every corner of the state and in every sort of industry, from boat-building and agriculture to metal fabrication and window manufacturing.

What's the Purpose of Manufacturing Week?

We love to share the positive stories of manufacturing in Washington state. As the state’s designated manufacturing association, AWB is committed to raising awareness about the importance of manufacturing, and to calling attention to ways that leaders can support manufacturers.


Who Participates?

Any manufacturer can participate - from the smallest breweries to aerospace giants. The tour is meant to better educate state leaders, future workforce members and the general public about the variety of the manufacturing sector and what it needs to continue to provide great, hands-on jobs.


Manufacturing Day

Every year, AWB's Manufacturing Week includes "Manufacturing Day," a national event organized by the National Association of Manufacturers: Manufacturing Day! Across the country and right here in Washington, manufacturers open their shop floors to students, teachers, elected officials and their neighbors. This will be a time to show off modern manufacturing and demonstrate the quality jobs open in today's manufacturing environments.

How Can I Get Involved?

We're always looking to share the next great manufacturing success story. If you'd like our bus to roll up to your facility as part of our 2020 tour, please contact AWB's Jacob Sodeman at 800.521.9325.

Click here for an informational one-page PDF to hand out to employees.

2019 Tour Dates

As companies are confirmed, they will be listed here. The 2020 tour stops will be posted in the fall.

Southwest & Western Washington

Wednesday, Oct. 2

SEH America

G. Loomis

Churchill Glove Co.

Lacey MakerSpace

Greer Steel

Feed Commodities

Western Washington

Thursday, Oct. 3

Orion Industries
Skills Inc.

Seattle-Tacoma Box Co.

Out of the Box Manufacturing

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Seattle Area

Friday, Oct. 4


Pioneer Human Services
Pioneer Industries
Cascade Designs

Seattle Makers

Northwest Washington

Monday, Oct. 7

Alcoa Intalco Works
Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery

Broadcast Tools

Everett Community College

Fluid Motion

Icicle Brewing Company

Central Washington

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Port of Chelan County
Stemilt Growers

Hewes Marine
Vaagen Timber

Trailbreaker Cidery
Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce Dinner

Eastern Washington

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Shamrock Paving

Washington State University Campus
Composite Materials

Renaissance Marine Group

Central Ferry
Pomeroy Grain Growers Inc.

South Central Washington

Thursday, Oct. 10

Cascade Natural Gas Corporation
Plastic Injection Molding
Barnard Griffin Winery

Yakima Chief Hops

Ride the bus

Elected officials are invited to ride the bus with us and join AWB on manufacturing visits and at AWB coordinated events. Elected officials may contact Thomas Gill at AWB at 360-943-1600 ext. 1005, or thomasg@awb.org, to reserve space and for tour-related information.

Credentialed members of the media are invited to ride the bus with us to attend certain coordinated events. Not all manufacturing facilities are open to the media to preserve intellectual property and protect trade secrets. To reserve space or ask related questions, contact Lori Maricle at AWB at 360-943-1600 ext. 1041, or lorim@awb.org.

Take a look at last year's tour:

2018 Manufacturing Tour Highlights

Read more about the tour in Washington Business magazine, or take a quick tour of the highlights in this social media roundup.