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Whitley County recognizes and celebrates local manufacturing

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (October 9, 2017) – The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) along with local high schools and manufacturers are partnering to celebrate the role of manufacturing in our local economy throughout the month of October.

The National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest industrial trade association, deemed Friday, October 6, 2017 as National Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day was created to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It’s an annual celebration that brings together manufacturers, students, educators, businesspeople, community leaders and elected officials in a collective effort to promote manufacturing, improve public perceptions and educate the community on the opportunities available in manufacturing.

The Whitley County EDC is partnering with the schools and local manufacturers to recognize manufacturing throughout the month of October. Several manufacturing companies in Whitley County provided tours this week to high school students from Churubusco and Whitko, and several more companies will provide tours later in the month to students from Columbia City, Eagle Tech and TROY Center.

“This was a great opportunity for our Intro to Manufacturing and Manufacturing and Logistics students to immerse themselves in a ‘real world’ manufacturing environment,” said Whitko High School Teacher, Jay Ocken. “It really brought the similarities and diversity of our local manufacturing community to the forefront of our students’ minds. Thank you to 80/20 Inc. and Shindigz for hosting us!”

Whitley County is home to many manufacturing companies leading the way, and serving a variety of industries from automotive, agriculture, aerospace, defense, medical device, food processing and many more.

“We make things that are sold in every market on the globe,” said EDC President Jon Myers. “We are good at manufacturing and we should embrace it.”

If you or someone you know is looking for a job, manufacturing companies in Whitley County are hiring! Our local manufacturers employ one-third of Whitley County’s workers, and the average manufacturing wage in Whitley County is more than $50,000 a year. You can check out local job opportunities by visiting the “local career postings” page on the EDC website at www.whitleyedc.com.

The Whitley County EDC has grant dollars available to help provide scholarships for individuals seeking training in the areas of CNC machining, welding or industrial maintenance. For more information on the training program contact the EDC at edc@whitleyedc.com or 260-244-5506.

About Whitley County EDC 
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to lead a comprehensive economic development program that retains and expands employment opportunities for local residents and attracts business investment to Whitley County. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit: www.whitleyedc.com.

Media Contact:
Katie Dewitt (Whitley County EDC) – 260.244.5506 kdewitt@whitleyedc.com

Churubusco Students learn about the history of 80/20, Inc. before the tour.

Whitko High School Students touring Shindigz. 

Churubusco Students touring Qualitex, Inc.