Freedman Seating and BMW Sponsor Manufacturing Day Test-Drive Event

September 28, 2016

John-Paul Paonessa
Marketing Manager
(773) 524-2440 Ext. 394

Freedman Seating and BMW Sponsor Manufacturing Day Test-Drive Event
An exclusive event highlighting power, ingenuity, and sustainability in manufacturing.

Chicago, Illinois – October 7 marks the fifth annual Manufacturing Day when thousands of manufacturers will again host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and community leaders at open houses, plant tours and educational sessions to showcase modern manufacturing technology and the cool jobs available. It is a chance for communities to see the diverse career options that are innovative, impactful and durable.

Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about the industry by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG Day, manufacturers begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Participation grows every year. In 2015, over 2,600 live events were held across the U.S. reaching more than 400,000 participants and improving the public’s perception of manufacturing.

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Freedman Seating is proud to be a community partner in education and training in manufacturing. We work with great organizations through Chicago and the US, including JARC, Austin College & Career Academy, City Colleges of Chicago, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, Manufacturing Renaissance, Manufacturing Connect, Technology & Manufacturing Association, and more. As we continue to grow and add jobs, we firmly believe that these efforts will not only benefit us, creating a larger, highly skilled workforce available to hire, they will also ensure that Chicago’s manufacturing industry is perpetually sustainable.


This year, Freedman Seating has partnered with BMW to host an exclusive event highlighting power, ingenuity, and sustainability in manufacturing.
MFG Day Schedule of Events

9:00AM – 5:00PM | BMW Charge the Workday Tour – Test Drive Event
BMW is bringing the BMW Charge the Workday Tour to businesses nationwide to promote sustainable driving with a ride and drive event for employees. The BMW Charge the Workday event is coming to Freedman Seating and bringing with it the all-new line of BMW Plug-in Hybrid vehicles, including the BMW 330e and X5 xDrive40e, as well as the electrifying BMW i8 and all-electric BMW i3. You will be able to get behind the wheel and experience incredible fuel efficiency, breathtaking eBoost acceleration, all-electric driving, intuitive technology and more. Plus, you’ll learn how you can get state and federal incentives for driving these exciting vehicles.

*To reserve your test drive today please go to and enter the code Freedman107.

9:00AM – 5:00PM | E-Recycling
Drop off your e-waste at NO CHARGE. This includes old computers, printers, phones, electronics, wires, etc.

9:00AM – 5:00PM | Factory Tours
Once home to Motorola, Inc. and the invention of the Walkie-Talkie during WWII, 4545 and 4501 W. Augusta meet as a 400,000 sq. ft. facility with state-of-the-art equipment for lean manufacturing, renovated office spaces, and nearly 800 dedicated employees. Experience first-hand what it means to be Made In The USA.

*Reserve a spot for yourself or a group by emailing no later than October 5th.

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Ministry of Sandwiches Food Truck
Carnivore in Oak Park, IL proudly offers locally sourced and responsibly-raised meats, seafood, and produce. Working closely with local farmers and foragers ensures that all of our products are fresh and of the highest quality.

Making Strides Bake Sale
Proceeds benefit Team Freedman at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 22nd. Read more here.

The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive. To learn more about Manufacturing Day and Freedman Seating’s participation, visit



About Freedman Seating Company
Freedman Seating is a seat manufacturer in Chicago, IL; designing, engineering, and manufacturing seat related products for many different markets, including small bus, mid-size coach, heavy-duty transit, rail, marine, delivery truck, and para-transit. Freedman Seating is a ISO 9001 registered company with an on-site A2LA Accredited Mechanical Testing Lab. 

About Manufacturing Day 
A panel of co-producers comprised of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), The Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM) provide the centralized support necessary to coordinate this nationwide array of simultaneous events. The national media partners for the event are the Science Channel and Edge Factor, and the national movie partner is American Made Movie.

About The Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit

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