The Manufacturing Business Alliance (MBA) hosts a Manufacturing Month event with Dodge County, Wisconsin area high schools and Moraine Park Technical College. "Careers in Manufacturing" will be held on Tuesday, October 20th. Several manufacturers will be participating by giving educational tours that highlight manufacturing careers to area high school students. Tours are followed by a lunch presentation explaining educational paths that put students into those manufacturing careers.

Manufacturing Month is a state-wide proclamation (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). Manufacturers all over Wisconsin are planning special events throughout October.

Area high schools participating in MBA’s manufacturing month event are: Beaver Dam, Columbus, Fall River, Juneau, Horicon, Mayville, Randolph and Waupun. Area manufacturer’s providing tours are: Apache Stainless Equipment Corp., Breuer Metals, Burgess-Norton, Federal-Mogul, John Deere Horicon Works, Kirsh Foundry, Lyco Manufacturing, MEC, RCI Engineering and Signicast.

The tours are followed by lunch at John Deer Horicon Works with a presentation by Moraine Park Technical College on apprenticeships, technical coursework, and degreed programs available to get into a career in manufacturing.

“Manufacturing month activities are really ramped up this year,” says Pam Korth, Chairperson of the Manufacturing Business Alliance. “We have a lot of participation of area high schools and there are many manufacturers who have joined the MBA that are highlighting their manufacturing process during the tours to high school students.” 

Apache has been a member of the MBA since 2013. Pam Korth also holds a leadership position as Apache's Human Resources Manager.

The MBA is organized under the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce as an official affiliate organization.  Since 2013, the MBA has been engaged in providing networking between manufacturers, business and educational institutions and works directly with the Wisconsin Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin for resources and support.  MBA’s activities include marketing and communication programs and public events to promote manufacturing in the greater Dodge County, Wisconsin region.

For more information about the Manufacturing Business Alliance, visit www.manufacturingworks.org.  Call the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce for membership information at 920-887-8879.