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MFG Day Plant Tours Expose Students to Manufacturing Opportunities

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Carly Bortz, Administrative/Communications Assistant

Pellston students and Eric Keller, Regional Director U.S. Senator Gary Peters office, tour Tube Fab Roman Engineering in Afton, MI for Manufacturing Day.

25 manufacturers participated in last week’s Manufacturing Day events and over 300 students from across CharEm ISD took part in the tours as a part of the local initiative to celebrate National Manufacturing Day during the week of October 7-11, 2019.

“This was another very successful week of events and we hope to continue to work with the manufacturers in the upcoming months to allow for students to explore a bit further,” said Tory Thrush, CharEm ISD Career/College Readiness Consultant. “Our goal is to help our students reconnect with these manufacturers and be able to participate in additional tours, job shadows, internships, and other activities that relate to manufacturing.”

This was the second year that Northern Michigan schools and companies came together to be a part of the national event. Manufacturing Day is a national effort to promote manufacturing jobs to students as a post-secondary career path option and to create awareness about the important role of manufacturers in communities.

The MFG Day events kicked off with an open house on October 3, 2019 (coinciding with the National MFG date October 4) at the mobile Computer Controlled Design (CNC) and machining Fab Lab at North Central Michigan College (NCMC) for students to get hands-on experience understanding CNC training and applicable jobs needing that skillset.

Eric Keller, Regional Director of U.S. Senator Gary Peters’s office, toured Tube Fab Roman Engineering along with high school juniors and seniors from Pellston to show support for National Manufacturing Day and building up the next generation of our skilled-trades workforce.

Participating manufacturers included:  Anchor Lamina, Armor Express, Industrial Magnetics Inc., Lexamar, Outline Industries, Precision Edge, SCC Skis LLC “Shaggy’s,” A.L.P., Aster Brands/Redi-Rock, DCL, Harbor Industries, MDC Contracting, St. Mary’s Cement, Burnette Foods, EJ Water Products Facility, East Jordan Plastics, Central Industrial, Lanzen, Circuit Controls Corp., Manthei Veneer, Mitchell Graphics, Petoskey Plastics, Tube Fab Roman Engineering (Afton) and Link Industries (Indian River), Moran Iron Works.

Thank you to the committee of representatives from Char-Em ISD’s Career and Technical Education team, the Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan and Petoskey Regional chambers of commerce, Northwest Michigan Industrial Association, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance staff, Northwest Michigan Works!, school administrators and counselors who worked to pull together the tours of more than 20 sites for hundreds of students.

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