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In celebration of the third Jackson County Manufacturing Day, fourteen local manufacturing companies, including Advance Turning, will open their doors to about 600 students from Jackson High School, Jackson Pathways High School, Hanover-Horton, Concord, and Napoleon – Ackerson Lake Schools on Friday, October 4th for Manufacturing Day.
As part of an effort to change perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide, several Jackson-area education and manufacturing organizations have partnered with The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Inc. to coordinate the event, which is celebrated at hundreds of sites across the nation.
Planned activities include guided tours of manufacturing facilities as well as visits to Baker College or Jackson College to learn more about the post-secondary opportunities for students who may pursue manufacturing as a future career. Technique U and a couple other companies (yet to be confirmed) will provide activities for the students during their college visit as well. Participating students will also receive a booklet of information that showcases the history and value of manufacturing in Jackson as well as where to go next to begin pursuing one of the many career options in the field.
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level and supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.
“There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Tim Rogers, President and CEO of The Enterprise Group of Jackson. “Over the next decade, manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs – jobs that are high skill, high tech, and high paying.”
About Participating Organizations and Tour hosts: Jackson, Michigan’s official Manufacturing Day celebration has been made possible through a diverse cross-sector of participating organizations and companies. These include Advance Turning & Manufacturing, Alro Plastics, Alro Steel, Baker College, Classic Metal Finishing (CMF), The Enterprise Group of Jackson, the College and Career Access Center, Cradle 2 Career, Gerdau Special Steel, Greater Ann Arbor Region 9, Great Lakes Graphics, Great Lakes Industry, JTV, Jackson County ISD and Jackson Area Career Center, JAC3 Program, Jackson Area Manufacturers Association and the Academy for Manufacturing Careers, Jackson College, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Jackson Public Schools, Jackson High School, Jackson Pathways High School, Concord Community Schools, Hanover-Horton School District, Napoleon-Ackerson Lake Schools, LeMatic, Lean Rocket Lab, Lomar Machine and Tool, Melling Tool, Michigan Automotive Compressor, Inc. (MACI), Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Works! Southeast, Orbitform, Petty Machine, Technique, Inc., The Shop Rat Foundation, and Worthington Industries.
More information on Manufacturing Day is available at www.mfgday.com.
See JTV coverage of Manufacturing Day at Advance Turning: