Friday was the third annual Effingham County Manufacturing Day.
Eleven area manufacturers hosted 300 students from 11 Effingham County schools for tours of their facilities.
“The future of our community depends on the education and vocational opportunities that align with our manufacturers’ skilled labor needs,” Chamber President & CEO Norma Lansing. “By exposing our youth to the potential for satisfying careers right here in Effingham County, we are building the workforce of tomorrow.
During the day, each student toured two manufacturing plants to learn of career opportunities in Effingham County.
The day finished with open houses hosted by Hitachi Metals, John Boos, Quad Graphics, Sherwin Williams, Stevens Industries and Versatech.
The event was combined with the First Friday Luncheon, which featured a Manufacturers Expo for students in attendance. Governor Bruce Rauner was a special guest at the lunch. He spoke about the importance of investing in students and schools. Governor Rauner talked about the state’s needs to make sure there are good colleges to attend, while also providing vocational and technical training so students have skills that can help them find careers after high school.
Effingham County Manufacturing Day was sponsored by The City of Effingham, Effingham County Board, Effingham Regional Growth Alliance and Lake Land College.