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Discover Manufacturing Day

In celebration of Discover Manufacturing Day in October, students and employers teamed up with Michigan Works! West Central and attended events in Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo and Oceana counties.  Manufacturing Day is an annual national event, executed at the local level. It is supported by thousands of manufacturing partners who host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members. Whether it's an open house, plant tours, or a presentation, the common goal is to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. 

The Mason County Growth Alliance in Ludington teamed up with Career & Technical Education, West Shore Community College, and local employers to bring the world of manufacturing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to students at OJ DeJonge Middle School in Ludington. 

In Oceana County, Valley City Metals in Shelby hosted tours and an open house on site. Students from Shelby Middle School and West Shore ESD attended and the event was also open to the public.

In Newaygo County, The Right Place invited area students to visit Bucher Hydraulics and Magna Mirrors.

And in Mecosta County the event was organized by the Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce. About 130 eighth-grade students stopped by Haworth Components, Hamtech Inc., Original Footwear (formerly Wolverine WorldWide) and Fluid Routing Systems.

The goal of Manufacturing Day is introduce students and teachers to manufacturing in an effort to change people's perceptions about today's manufacturing environment, and also to draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that careers in manufacturing can provide.

To learn more about how you can take part next year, in Lake, Mason and Oceana counties please contact Merri Bennett at In Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceolea counties please contact Jonathan Eppley at