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Darke County's Sophomores Take Tours for Manufacturing Day

DARKE COUNTY – Friday’s National Manufacturing Day was observed by 650 high school sophomores from all of Darke County’s school districts.

From the October 5, 2018 edition of The Early Bird

By Susan Hartley, Staff Reporter

DARKE COUNTY – Friday’s National Manufacturing Day was observed by 650 high school sophomores from all of Darke County’s school districts.

The students were invited to tour several of the county’s manufacturing plants, with the visits being coordinated by Darke County Economic Development.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to understand what’s available locally,” in the job market, said Tamala Marley, workforce specialist with the economic development office.

The Darke County event was one of 2,600 Manufacturing Day observations throughout the United States, Marley said.

Local companies participating in the tours included Whirlpool, Midmark, JAFE Decorating, FRAM, Ft. Recovery Industries, GTI, and Ramco Electric Motors.

During a tour at JAFE Decorating, Greenville High School sophomores learned the family-owned company’s largest client is Bath & Body Works, with JAFE painting the company’s glass candle jars – between 6-7 million of 102 million candle jars they expect to sell during the next year. Other JAFE clients include vases for the floral industry, with products going to Kroger, Meijer and ProFlowers to name a few.

JAFE owner and President Randy O’Dell gave students a brief history of his company, which he purchased from the founder, Lloyd Williams’ family in 2010.

O’Dell, along with three of his managers gave tours of the plant, showing students how glass pieces are robotically-painted, then dried and packaged for a trip to their clients......

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