Enginetics Huber Heights and Eastlake, Ohio facilities participated in the 2016 National Manufacturing Day held Oct 7th across the U.S. This yearly event initiated in 2012 was created to provide workforce information and inspiration to the next generation of manufacturers. Many companies today are finding it increasingly difficult to locate skilled trade individuals. Manufacturing Day exposes high school students, college students and job seekers to the rewarding careers that manufacturing offers, and acknowledges the importance of these positions within local, national and global economies. The Manufacturing Day 2016 website reported over 2,750 events held throughout the US.
Participating in its fourth consecutive Manufacturing Day, Enginetics continues to work closely with Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA) and local schools to promote the event. This year the Huber Heights facility hosted Wright Patterson Christian Home School, Dayton Early College Career School, Mad River Middle School and Stebbins High School. Enginetics’ Eastlake facility participated for the first time, hosting 11th and 12th graders from the Auburn Career Center, and CNC students from Cuyahoga Community College. Approximately 200 participants took part in the Enginetics events.
The students took guided tours at each location, following an actual part router from beginning to end. Tour guides lead each group through various departments such as CNC, Florescent Penetrant Inspection, Milling, Welding, Engineering, Heat Treat, Laser, NPI and Quality. Students learned about careers in Engineering, Quality, Laser Programmer, CNC, Weld, Tool & Die, and Human Resources. Participants received a summary of Enginetics Aerospace, brochures from DRMA, a pencil and popcorn goody bag. The Enginetics’ Laser Department took scrap material and made Manufacturing Day key chains as mementos.
Additional support and participation came from various industry contacts. Enginetics received 250 pairs of safety glasses through Rodney Bethea of 3M, and the popcorn machine and supplies were donated by Derringer Vending.
Enginetics HR Manager Linda Wright-Manuel has been a strong advocate of the program for several years: “I think this is a great way that Standex companies can play an important role in the community and help shape the future of our youth”.
Additional Standex companies participating in Manufacturing Day included:
- Master-Bilt ; New Albany, MS
- Nor-Lake, Incorporated; Hudson, WI
- Standex-Meder Electronics: Cincinnati, OH
- Ultrafryer Systems, Inc; San Antonio, TX
- Mold-Tech Midwest, and BKI Worldwide (Simpsonville, SC) will hold events within the next 3 months.
Manufacturing Day: www.mfgday.com
Dayton Region Manufacturers Association: www.daytonrma.org
Standex International: www.standex.com