Tigard and Tualatin high schools celebrated National Manufacturing Day last Friday by paying a visit to local businesses, including a tour of Tualatin’s largest private employer.
A school bus dropped off a load of students who signed up to go on the voluntary field trip at the 58-acre campus of Lam Research Corp. in west Tualatin on Friday morning. They were joined by U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, who gave some brief remarks about the importance of the expanding manufacturing sector in the region.
Guest speakers throughout the day at Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences, 1306 12th St., Oregon City, focused on informing students about their company, expectations for the future workforce, innovative products, engineering, machining and lean practices. Speakers included A-dec, Miles Fiberglass and Composites, Exceed Enterprises, IMR KHA Test Labs, Hoffman Construction, Sandvik Coromant, Cranston Machinery, Charter Mechanical, NECA-IBEW, Milwaukee Electronics and Mastercam.
This Friday, October 2, America will celebrate National Manufacturing Day. What, you may ask, is the purpose of celebrating manufacturing?
Manufacturing is blue-collar, rust-belt, a symbol of America’s past greatness and certainly not something that’s a big part of America’s future. What’s there to celebrate?
Manufacturing as a whole has been feeling pretty beaten up over the past few decades, but there are reasons for optimism. National Manufacturing Day aims to change perceptions about manufacturing’s impact on our economy and our society, and to demonstrate that manufacturing offers numerous promising career paths for the workers of tomorrow.
Let’s start by exploring a few common myths.
Four growing and emerging Redmond businesses were highlighted by Redmond Economic Development (REDI) last Friday during the third annual Made in Redmond Tour.
The tour provided a unique behind the scenes look at Redmond businesses showcasing three local food manufacturing companies and a catering company that significantly contribute to the Redmond economy.
McMinnville Mayor will read the manufacturing day proclamation!
McMinnville is a well-planned, thriving community located in Yamhill County, Oregon. The city is home to over 74 manufacturers including Cascade Steel Rolling Mill, Freelin-Wade Co., Elk Creek Forest Products, Meggitt Polymers and Composites, Solid Form Fabrication, Amerson Precision Sheet Metal, Betty Lou’s Inc., NW Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, RP Advanced Systems, Applied Physics Technology, and William Henry Knives, among others. Our city plays host to an innovative, award winning industry-led internship program called McMinnville Works. It is a 9-week, project based, paid internship program designed and hosted by local manufacturers and area businesses.
To learn more, visit www.McMinnvilleBusiness.com/mcminnville-works. The city is a strategic partner is the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (www.McMinnvilleBusiness.com) which is focused on helping our local manufacturers stay and grow. MEDP is the one-stop business development office for the City of McMinnville.