Inspiring The Next Generation of Manufacturing Workers



20151211_100724Blackford County, Indiana (December 11, 2015) – On Friday, Blackford County participated in the nationwide event known as Manufacturing Day, or MFG DAY.  Through a collaborative effort between Blackford County Economic Development and Blackford County Schools, more than 70 high school students spent the day learning about and exploring manufacturing.


The Blackford High School students visited four Blackford County manufacturing facilities:  3M, BRC Rubber & Plastics, Naturally Recycled Proteins, and Q.E.P.  One Blackford High School Senior said, “I am surprised how clean and high-tech the plants are.  Before today, I did not know what these companies did, and it is really neat to see how they make their products and the kinds of jobs they offer.”  The students learned firsthand about the products, processes, and technologies that are part of the companies in their community.  Most importantly, the students observed the career opportunities that are available in modern manufacturing facilities and learned about the skills required for those careers.


“We are proud to bring MFG DAY to Blackford County,” said Blackford County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scot Croner.  “As a school system, we strive to introduce students to all of the various paths that are available after graduation.  MFG DAY is a great way to allow the future workforce to explore career opportunities that exist in their community.”


State Representative Kevin Mahan – House District 31 remarked, “Blackford County’s economy is tied to its strong manufacturing sector.  It is critical that we make students aware of these rewarding career opportunities that are available in their own back yard.  Manufacturing Day provides a direct connection between students and industry, and we hope some students will be inspired to become part of the next generation of great manufacturing workers in Blackford County.”


Blackford County was one of more than 130 events in Indiana participating in MFG DAY, and there were nearly 2,600 events across the continent this year.


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