Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day also addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. Manufacturing today is not what it was in the 1950’s. Manufacturing today is full of high-tech jobs, robotics, cleaner environments and a vast array of career opportunities. By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
Lenawee County launched a first ever Manufacturing day on October 7th, 2016 sending hundreds of students to 13 area manufacturers. This year, an estimated 220-225 students from Hudson High School, LISD TECH Center, Onsted High School, Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry and Tecumseh High School participated. The students were put into groups of 15 and completed two tours around the County.
Participating companies included: Aerospace Services, Anderson Development Company, Axis Engineering, General Broach, Glycon, Hi-Lex, IDIDIT, Inteva, Kirchhoff Van-Rob, L&W, Meridian Mechatronics, Adrian Precision Machining and Plastic Omnium. The tours of these companies showed how high-tech and exciting manufacturing can be and also the variety of careers within Lenawee County.
Anderson Development Company was eager to allow students into our doors and show students what types of careers are available within our company. Students were given tours of our manufacturing plants, research and development labs, and information on the different types of products we produce and learned how these products are used in the industry.
This year, Manufacturing Day in Lenawee County was a collaborative initiative planned by the LISD Tech Center, Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry, Lenawee Now, and Michigan Works! Southeast. The response has been very positive and plans for Manufacturing Day 2017 will be in the works.
View a video compilation of Lenawee County’s Manufacturing Day 2016 produced by LISD TV.