Manufacturing Days – Inaugural event planned for Oct. 20-21

The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) and the Door County Manufacturers Association will be hosting Manufacturing Days for area high school students and the general public on Oct. 20 and 21 in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park.

Approximately 270 students from the four Door County mainland high schools will tour nine businesses from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 20. The businesses include Hatco Corporation, Pro Products, Therma-Tron-X, Cadence, N.E.W. Industries, Key Industrial Plastics, DCEDC, Hi-Tec, and Sunshine House.

The public is invited to tour seven businesses (DCEDC and Pro Products’ facility will not be available that day) from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 21. Tours will take place at each business roughly every half hour. In addition, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will have its ElectroMechanical Mobile Lab stationed for the public to view in the Sunshine House parking lot and there will be a brat fry at that site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Admission for Saturday’s event is FREE and open to the public. DCEDC will be hosting an informational tent near the entrance to the Industrial Park off of S. Neenah Ave, but participants should feel free to start at any participating business they like. 

“We are excited and proud to showcase many of our county’s manufacturers and their diverse career opportunities,” stated DCEDC Executive Director, Caleb Frostman. “With today’s extreme workforce shortage in the skilled trades, we thought it would be beneficial for students that are interested in STEM fields, as well as to our manufacturers who are looking to enlighten and inform the public to the new reality of manufacturing in 2017,” he continued. “From 3-D printers, to automation, to clean, well-lit, state of the art facilities, manufacturing careers offer the intellectual rigor today’s young people demand in a profession, as well as the opportunity for a good living. We are very grateful to have so many businesses participate in this first year and hope to expand the event in future years.”

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