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Schools tour local facilities for Manufacturing Day

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm

Troy Buchanan High School students heard from engineering leaders and individuals in the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program during an October tour at Toyota Bodine. More than 50 students from the Lincoln County R-III and Silex R-I School Districts participated in the event. Photo submitted by Lincoln County School District

Manufacturing Day in the month of October was a national celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of skilled workers.

Missouri manufacturers in the region opened their doors to students from local schools to show them what modern manufacturing looks like. BCI Packaging, Toyota Bodine, Daddy Ray’s and Elite Tool & Die led students through a day of plant tours and conversations with engineers and manufacturing leaders.

Following the tours, the Troy Chamber of Commerce sponsored a group lunch and Nane Lawson, AMT Program Advisory Chair and Assistant Human Resources Manager for Toyota Bodine, facilitated a debriefing conversation at Cuivre River State Park.

Annually, the day’s activities are designed for students engaged and interested in STEM.

Millions of manufacturing jobs are expected to go unfulfilled over the next decade because of a lack of skilled training and perception issues in the industry.

This opportunity enables manufacturers to show students the many opportunities in the industry.