A common refrain from businesses and manufacturers across the county is the need for a skilled labor force. Marshall County Economic Development Corporation is proud to be working in conjunction with local manufacturers and Bremen High School to help address this need.
MCEDC has worked with local manufacturers to have schools take part in Manufacturers Day. This program is a national event that gives students a unique opportunity to learn more about a field that often goes overlooked. Bremen High School has participated in Manufacturing Day since 2014. Bremen High has grown the event to include freshmen, to get them thinking about potential career paths early.
Around 113 seniors toured some of Bremen’s largest manufacturers, including Southwire, Nisco, Bremen Castings Inc., and Indiana Carton Company Inc. In addition, around 117 juniors got the chance to visit Universal Bearings, Precision Painting & Interiors, and Digger Specialties Inc.
“This unique learning day gives our students an opportunity to see career possibility that they may not have considered before,” said Bremen High School Principal Bruce Jennings. “These tours will also allow students to see the day-to-day operations of businesses in our community.”
Bremen High School has also extended programming to include more opportunities to expose students to a variety of career paths. 148 sophomores toured Bremen Town Hall, Bremen History Center, Bremen’s Train Depot Museum, and the Sunnyside Park water plant to learn more about their town.
Bremen freshmen, about 119, took the opportunity to tour Horse Saddle Shop, Special Editions Car, Southwire and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Giving these youngsters exposure to a wide variety of career choices they may not have considered before.
MCEDC President/CEO, Jerry Chavez, states, “Manufacturing Day is a unique event that will help ensure Marshall County students are career-ready. It is an excellent opportunity to expose students to a variety of job and internship options right here in our community.”
The benefits of this event can be seen throughout Marshall County. Plymouth High School, Argos Jr./Sr. High School, and Culver Community Middle/High School are also visiting local businesses as part of Manufacturing Day. All Marshall County schools are being encouraged to participate in the future to further develop our workforce and connect businesses with the next generation of employees.