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Manufacturing Month Activities Abound at Dodge County Manufacturers

The Manufacturing Business Alliance (MBA) will be hosting numerous Manufacturing Month events with Dodge County area high schools and Moraine Park Technical College through the month of October. Several manufacturers will be participating  by giving educational tours that highlight manufacturing careers to area tech education high school students and instructors.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the main factor inhibiting expansion of Wisconsin companies is the inability to find and keep skilled workers. "This definitely rings true with Dodge County manufacturers," says Pam Korth, Chairperson of the MBA and Human Resources Manager at Apache Stainless Equipment Corp. "Our group is focusing on engaging youth, parents and educators on manufacturing careers, with October being a very active month with promotions and educational activities."

Each October, Manufacturing Month is state-wide proclaimed (since 2013) to recognize the importance of the manufacturing sector to Wisconsin's economy. It is promoted and celebrated by numerous state agencies, including: Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development (DWD), Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC).

Area high schools participating in MBA's "Manufacturing Month" events are: Beaver Dam, Horicon, Randolph, Waupun, Juneau, Hartford, Hustisford, Fall River, Watertown. Area manufacturer's providing tours are: Apache Stainless Equipment Corp., Breuer Metals, EK Machine, Federal-Mogul, Karavan, Kirsh Foundry, MEC, MetalCraft, Quad Graphics and Signicast.

All high school classes from Freshmen through Seniors are invited to one of three different events planned during October.  The tours are followed by lunch with a presentation by Moraine Park Technical College on apprenticeships, technical coursework and degreed programs available to get into a career in manufacturing. There is also time for a popular team problem solving activity with prizes.

In the photo, Apache gives Hustisford Tech Ed students a glimpse of the manufacturing process.  Displays were created at five stations with a presentation by welders, finishers and machinists who work on the equipment.