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Elk River Workforce Development Taskforce to host Manufacturing Day event

September 13, 2018

ELK RIVER WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE TO HOST MANUFACTURING DAY EVENT ON OCTOBER 16TH FOR THE ISD #728 COMMUNITY

Program Designed to Expand Knowledge and Improve Public Perception of Manufacturing, and Encourage Students to Explore Careers in Manufacturing

(ELK RIVER, MINNESOTA) September 8, 2018 – In celebration of Manufacturing Day, [seven local businesses will open their doors on October 16th to students, parents, and community members as part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.

Today’s manufacturing is about advanced technologies, state of the art facilities, and fast paced, interesting work environments. But most of all, manufacturing is about those people who like to see the product of a hard day’s work. Participants will be able to see for themselves the:

  • Variety of career opportunities available at local companies (wages, job skills, responsibilities, benefits)
  • Pathways to building the knowledge and skills needed to qualify for today’s jobs
  • Purpose and value of the modern manufacturing companies located in our community

Planned activities will begin at 5:45 pm with a free dinner hosted by Preferred Powder Coating. Following a brief presentation, participants will choose to tour any two of the following companies: Abra Autobody and Glass, Alliance Machine, Distinctive Iron, Elk River Machine Co, MetalCraft, Preferred Powder Coating, and Sportech. Registration is required and can be done online at https://goo.gl/sKdpk9 .

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. “There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Patricia Sanford, Career and College Specialist at ISD #728. “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”

About the Workforce Development Taskforce

The Workforce Development Taskforce was convened by the Elk River Chamber of Commerce and receives funding through the Initiative Foundation (IF) Members include representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Sherburne County Government Center, ISD #728, and local businesses.

More information on Manufacturing Day is available at www.mfgday.com.

Contact:
Tricia Sanford
763-241-3400 ext 5013