Employers Host Manufacturing Day Event In Jefferson County

October 2, 2018

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2018, seven local manufacturers will open their doors on Thursday, October 4th to job seekers, parents, guests, and more than 150 students from Mount Vernon Alternative School, Mount Vernon Township High School, Waltonville High School, Webber High School, and Woodlawn High School, as part of an initiative to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing provides. Planned activities include four plant tours for each participant as well as a working lunch for students with employers and educators to discuss manufacturing careers and win some free takeaways as well.

“We are so pleased to have a cross-section of manufacturers of all sizes and types offering tours for our second annual Jefferson County Manufacturing Day,” said Jonathon Hallberg, Executive Director of Jefferson County Development Corporation. “Continental Tire the Americas LLC, InnoTech Manufacturing, National Railway Equipment, PPG Industries, Magnum Steel Works, Phoenix Modular Elevator, and Schulte Industries are all great examples of national and local companies putting food on tables not just in Jefferson County but throughout the region. Walgreens Distribution Center will also be on the list as one of our working lunch locations!”

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. This year, Rend Lake College funded a special fast-track manufacturing career guide for job seekers and students, in partnership with ManTraCon Corporation and Jefferson County Development Corporation.

“There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Kathy Lively, CEO of ManTraCon Corporation and executive staffer at the Southern Illinois Workforce Development Board. “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”

More information on Manufacturing Day, including plant tour registration, is available at www.mfgday.com.