Tour Resources – Get Started and Register Your Tour

It’s easy to be part of the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing. Here’s the steps you will follow and a list of resources to help:

  1. Download the 2017 Tour Host Toolkit to help you prepare for your tour.
  2. Use the flyers and templates for press releases, public service announcements (PSAs), radio ads, and letters for parents for school tours to promote your tour and modern manufacturing! We also have materials to promote hosting a tour, and a flyer and poster (11 in x 17 in) to advertise!
  3. Register your tour through this website.
  4. Promote your tour in your community.
  5. If you are part of an organized community tour, apply for funding to support your efforts.
  6. Have a great tour!
  7. Provide your feedback via a survey we will send so we can continue to improve the tour each year and share your success stories!
  8. Submit your tour metrics here, especially if you have hosted a tour outside the month of October!
  • Please select a region of the state where your tour is located.
  • Please indicate if your tour is open to the general public or student only.
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  • Note: This works best if you copy and paste the URL from your browser.
  • Any tour restrictions or other information for tour attendees (e.g. closed toe shoes).


When: Sign up for tours throughout October, but most tours will occur during Minnesota Manufacturing week, October 1-7.

Where:  At manufacturing facilities (like yours!) throughout the state!

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 2016,

  • 14,070 estimated individuals attended a tour.
  • Over 2,100 K-12 students attended a tour.
  • 105 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).

Manufacturers also found this to a valuable activity:

  • 85% 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.
Erik Hokuf“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 Dream It. Do It. Minnesota 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



There’s no cost to participate in the statewide tour. However, in some communities, manufacturers work together and pool resources to promote their local tours.