national Manufacturing DayMarshall County is embarking upon a workforce development program aimed at creating a skilled workforce to address business needs. As part of this initiative, over 120 Bremen High School seniors are getting an up-close look at local manufacturers to learn more about potential careers and the day-to-day operations of businesses in their community. This collaboration between businesses and schools is thanks to Bremen’s participation in Manufacturing Day, a national program in which manufacturers open their doors to showcase their businesses and foster interest in manufacturing careers.

Seniors at Bremen High School are touring five manufacturing facilities—NISCO, Digger Specialties, Southwire, Bremen Castings, and Precision Painting—all of which are eager to introduce students to the work they do and the variety of high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields. Workforce development, and in particular, a focus on area youth, is part of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation’s (MCEDC) long-term strategy to create a future workforce that meets the needs of businesses.

Bremen High School has a history of ensuring that their students are college-and career-ready by taking part in Manufacturing Day in 2014, as well as participating in college tours, job shadowing, and community service last fall. This year, the school is eager to return to site tours, as they provide a unique opportunity for students to learn more about a field that often goes overlooked.

Marshall County is home to over 120 manufacturers, 9 U.S. headquarters, and 7 international companies. MCEDC plans to expand this event and expose students throughout to Marshall County manufacturers and the variety of careers they offer. Plymouth High School has plans to conduct site tours with local manufacturers in November, and similar events with other schools throughout the County are in the works. Marshall County schools looking to get involved in the program may contact Jerry Chavez, MCEDC President/CEO, at (574) 935-8499 for more information.

About Marshall County Economic Development Corporation

The Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is the lead countywide economic development organization servicing Marshall County, the City of Plymouth, and the Towns of Bremen, Bourbon, Argos, Culver, and LaPaz. MCEDC’s mission is to expand and diversify the economy of the county and its communities by fostering investment in new and existing businesses and creating entrepreneurial capacity. Visit MCEDC on the web at, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.