In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2017, Fluid Power Support, M&M Golf Cars, True Manufacturing, Tool Tech, Moberly Area Community College, Hart Career Center and Spartan hosted more than 200 students for tours on Friday. Guests from the city of Mexico, the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, Missouri State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CMCA and the Bright Futures Mexico Advisory Board also attended the event.

The Mexico Area Chamber hosted the second annual event in 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. The progressive leadership of Mexico Public Schools and Missouri Military Academy allowed for all Mexico Middle School eighth-graders to participate in touring the facilities. Students also completed the Missouri Connections interest inventory and visited classes at Hart Career Center that would advance a career in manufacturing.  

Deb Haag, principle of Mexico Middle School said “MMS is always looking for new ways to fulfill our mission, Making Minds Stronger. Today students were afforded the opportunity of taking the abstract concept of manufacturing and turning it into background knowledge that can unlock new possibilities for future career opportunities. We cherish our partnership between the Mexico Chamber of Commerce and the manufacturers who graciously opened their doors to expose our students to jobs that could rewrite their future story."  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 Russell Runge, assistant city manager and director of economic development with the city of Mexico. “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.”

The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce is a Regional Hub for the Missouri State Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Dream It Do It Initiative.

The Mexico Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, Bright Futures Mexico and Mexico Public Schools.

More information on Manufacturing Day is available atwww.mfgday.com and Dream It Do It atwww.dreamitdoitpa.com.