Today marks National Manufacturing Day, a day when we pause to not only recognize the amazing products that our countries manufacturers produce but to also recognize the many career paths that manufacturing supports. To help celebrate this day, the BDC has partnered with both the Monroe County Intermediate School District and the Monroe County Community College to conduct our first ever Manufacturing Day in Monroe County.
Today we have over 100 Monroe County students, representing all nine local school districts visiting nine Monroe County manufacturing companies. Those companies and the schools that will be visited:
- Automatic Handling – Bedford Public Schools
- FEDCO – Airport Public Schools
- Gerdau North America Specialty Steel – Dundee Public Schools
- Hanwha – Jefferson Public Schools
- Midway Products – Ida Public Schools
- Pioneer Metal Finishing – Whiteford Public Schools
- Spiratex – Summerfield Public Schools
- TWB – Monroe Public Schools
- Ventower Industries – Mason Public Schools
The students will spend about 1 1/2 hours with the companies, learning the processes they use and the jobs that are involved in producing the products they manufacture. They will meet at the Community College for lunch and a tour of the MCCC’s Career Technical Center where they will hear personal testimony from recent grads of the college about their manufacturing careers.
Advanced manufacturing is focused on the future: high-tech, automated, streamlined, data-driven with the ability to compete globally. The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how we manufacture products today … machines talking to each other throughout the manufacturing process, raw materials being delivered to the assembly line by automated carriers and finished products loading themselves for shipment are just some of the vast changes we have seen in manufacturing over the last several years. The next several years will bring new technologies to the forefront. With these new technologies come new jobs on factory floors that are as clean as any floor in the mall. These jobs provide a livable wages and and meaningful employment.
So please join the BDC in Thanking our manufacturing community for the great jobs they provide and the investment they make annually in Monroe County.
Enjoy the Day!
The BDC Team