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Manufacturing Day Recognized in County

GREENVILLE – Darke County will recognize National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 7 when all Darke County Sophomores will tour one of the local facilities.  Participating manufacturers are Whirlpool, Midmark, GTI, FRAM, Jafe Decorating, Ramco Electric Motors, and Fort Recovery Industries.

From the October 2, 2016 edition of The Early Bird

GREENVILLE – Darke County will recognize National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 7 when all Darke County Sophomores will tour one of the local facilities.  Participating manufacturers are Whirlpool, Midmark, GTI, FRAM, Jafe Decorating, Ramco Electric Motors, and Fort Recovery Industries.

Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what Manufacturing 2016 is and what it isn’t.  Manufacturers will address the skilled labor shortage they face, the opportunities available, and connect with members of the future workforce

Economic stability and growth in Darke County and higher living standards are largely dependent on the success of the region’s manufacturing base.  While many recognize the availability of living wage jobs as one cause of this economic dependence, the other factor to acknowledge is that every $1 in final sales of manufactured goods supports $1.37 in other services and production such as transportation, finance, construction, and retail.  Every one job in manufacturing creates an additional 2.5 jobs in other sectors.  No other sector does more to generate broad-scale economic growth.

One of the biggest threats to the stability and growth of manufacturing in Darke County is the availability of a sufficient workforce to meet the current and future demands.    The shortage of skilled workers is a current reality and is expected to increase due to retirements, a negative image of the manufacturing industry among younger generations, lack of STEM (science, technology,  engineering and mathematics) skills among workers, and a gradual decline of technical education programs in public high schools......

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