October is Manufacturing Month in McPherson County
One of the main goals of recognizing Manufacturing month in McPherson County is to get young people motivated to learn more about modern day manufacturing. Opening doors to students, educators and the general public, brings more awareness about the evolution of manufacturing technology. Manufacturing Day is recognized throughout the United States on Friday, October 7th. Because of the large number of industries in McPherson County, we are recognizing manufacturing throughout the month of October. Manufacturing Day is a collective effort of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce and McPherson Industrial Development Co. to connect manufacturers to their communities. As we work toward giving public awareness of Manufacturing, we appreciate the support and participation of the McPherson County industries for opening their doors.
“There are several manufacturers struggling to find trained and skilled employees to replace those who are retiring, in addition to filling positions for expansion plans. This is why it is important that we support them and their efforts to educate about viable, well-paying jobs in manufacturing,” said Jennifer Burch, Executive Director of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce.
McPherson Manufacturing month has grown over the three years of the county’s participation from 3 the first year to 8 participating manufacturers this year. Regional high school juniors and seniors, colleges and technical schools are invited to bring students to learn about modern day manufacturing. Not only are students learning, so are the teachers who play a critical role in students’ career paths.
Thursday, October 6
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bradbury Co., 1200 East Cole – Moundridge, Kansas
*For group tours call Maria Pressnall 620-345-4278
Friday, October 7 – Official Manufacturing Day Kick Off
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Viega LLC, 2211 Viega Avenue – McPherson, Kansas
*Please register online to attend www.mfgday.com. Facility tours, job fair and demonstrations.
1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Pfizer, 1776 Centennial Drive – McPherson, Kansas
STUDENTS ONLY *To schedule tour contact Shannon Wescott at 620-504-7824 or email Shannon.Williams2@Hospira.com)
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Central Plastics, 811 W. First – McPherson, Kansas
*Please register online at www.mfgday.com or contact Kelly Sorenson or Allie Houghton at 620-5800 ext 539 & 530
Friday, October 14
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CertainTeed, 873 N. Hickory – McPherson, Kansas
*Please contact Lolu Ogunlewe at 316-554-9626 to schedule tour 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 1:00 – allow approximately 75 minutes, must arrive 20 minutes prior to get protective gear and safety briefing). Students will be given first priority.
2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. American Maplan Corporation/Battenfeld Cincinnati USA
STUDENTS ONLY *Please register to attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, October 17
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saxon Remote Systems, 880 N. Vanguard – McPherson, Kansas
*Groups of 15 or more please call to schedule tour time 316-847-8809 or 620-755-2856 or 1-877-454-2767
Tuesday, October 18
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Johns-Manville, 1465 17th Avenue – McPherson, Kansas
STUDENTS ONLY *Please contact Jamie Barta at 620-241-4822 to schedule tour time.