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County's Sophomores Take Manufacturing Day Tours

DARKE COUNTY – High school sophomores from around the county got a peek at the local job market during Friday’s Manufacturing Day event, sponsored by Darke County Economic Development.

From the October 6, 2017 edition of The Early Bird

By Susan Hartley, Staff Reporter

DARKE COUNTY – High school sophomores from around the county got a peek at the local job market during Friday’s  Manufacturing Day event, sponsored by Darke County Economic Development.

Six local manufacturers participated by giving students tours of their facilities and included Midmark in Versailles, GTI, FRAM, Ramco, Jafe, and Whirlpool, all located in Greenville.

“We’re trying to change the perception of manufacturing,” said Melanie Nealeigh, office manager for the Darke County Economic Development office.

“It’s not just your dirty, boring job that parents and grandparents thought it was. And we want to let the kids to know as well there’s other options along with college.”

Versailles sophomores took a tour of their hometown medical equipment manufacturer, Midmark.

Divided into 12 tour groups, the students were led through the plant and offices by Midmark employees, learning a bit of history as well as seeing the main office facility, production and assembly lines.

The 102-year-old company was started by six individuals who made cement mixers and over the years manufactured mining locomotives, earthmovers and ladle bowls for pouring molten steel. By 1978, the company officially became Midmark and four years later moved from Minster to Versailles. During the 1970s and 1980s, Midmark began manufacturing medical equipment and later added dental and veterinary products.

The Versailles plant employs around 800 individuals working two shifts......

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