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Wabash Valley Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2014

Western Indiana National Advanced Manufacturing Day Activities


Terre Haute – Friday, October 3, 2014. This morning at Sony DADC, Mayor Duke MfgDay2014 MayorBennettBennett will sign a proclamation declaring Friday, October 3, 2014 “Manufacturing Day.” The Mayor will be joined by Vigo County Commissioner Judy Anderson, company officials and approximately forty middle and high school counselors. These counselors come from schools in Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo counties. After a tour of Sony DADC, the group will visit Clabber Girl Corporation, and end their day with a tour of ThyssenKrupp Presta USA, LLC. This coordinated effort will highlight the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education as counselors see firsthand
that modern manufacturing is highly technical, efficient, clean, and offers a diverse selection of rewarding careers.



Today’s counselor training is part of the ongoing Regional Counselor Academy of Western Indiana, which is a joint effort to promote manufacturing and other high wage, high demand jobs in the region.


In addition to the proclamation and counselor tours, The Parke County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Parke-Vermillion Education Interlocal (PVETI), Ivy Tech Community College, and WorkOne Western Indiana, yesterday hosted their monthly Career Workshop with focus on the manufacturing sector of western Indiana. During these workshops, representatives from Futurex Industries Incorporated, PDF Incorporated, Marion Manufacturing, and General Electric spoke to all seventh, eighth and ninth grade students in Parke County regarding the operations of their companies, skills required of successful job candidates, and how students can begin preparing now for careers in manufacturing. Parents are also encouraged to engage their children in conversation related to these workshops through monthly notifications of highlighted sectors via school websites, Facebook pages, and school reach calls.

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Manufacturing Day is an annual event that occurs nationwide on the first Friday of October. It has been designed to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. Economy.

In the Wabash Valley, manufacturing employs 17% of all workers. Careers in Manufacturing offer wages 36% above the region’s average wage rate. In fact, manufacturing’s mid-skill technicians, with two years or less of post-secondary education, earn higher lifetime earnings than many college graduates. Manufacturing has a multiplier effect on the U.S. economy in which every dollar in final sales of manufacturing goods adds $1.48 in economic output from other sectors of the economy.

For more information about manufacturing in Western Indiana, please visit www.workonewest.com

For more information about National Manufacturing Day, please visit www.mfgday.com


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