Manufacturing Day today
Annual Bedford event exposes students to career opportunities
BEDFORD — Manufacturing Day will be held today at Defiance Metal Products, a Mayville Engineering Co.
Around the country, communities and companies spend the day introducing students, teachers and parents to career opportunities available in the manufacturing industry. It’s part of a national effort to shift perceptions about the U.S. manufacturing industry and present information about modern manufacturing.
Manufacturing Day has become a celebrated tradition in Bedford County. Each fall participating manufacturers, workforce and economic development partners set up informational booths and help to welcome youth to a unique tour of the host site’s facilities.
“It’s a great partnership between local schools and manufacturers. Students are able to see future job opportunities and learn that modern manufacturing is very different from traditional perceptions. The plant tours offer valuable real world exposure. We’re really grateful to the DMP folks for hosting the event,” said Bette Slayton, Bedford County Development Association president.
JLG hosted last year’s event.
“They did an excellent job hosting last year. We are excited to carry on the annual event. We are a critical supplier to JLG. The tie-in of what we produce for them and seeing it in the final product will give students a good perspective of how Bedford County manufacturers work together. As a MEC company, we have the resources and talent to support OEMs like JLG to build state of the art equipment,” said Dave Settimio, DMP plant manager in a statement.
Nearly 300 students from seven schools will visit DMP in which workers will demonstrate the many different manufacturing processes used to cut, bend, fabricate, paint and assemble parts that go into the JLG equipment, which will also be on display.