Manufacturing experts develop educational outreach to solve local manufacturing skills gap
ST. PAUL, MINN (August, 2017): SMC Manufacturing and three other local manufacturing companies (Mold Craft, Du Fresne Manufacturing and Schwing) have created a partnership program with White Bear Lake High School to give students the opportunity to work with and explore interests in four types of manufacturing.
In an attempt to staff the many manufacturing positions that are currently going unfilled in local markets, the four Minnesota-based companies have banded together to spark students’ interest in manufacturing careers. The students in the Gen Z Connection at White Bear Lake High School are spending a week at each company, learning the details of the manufacturing process for a variety of different projects. Each student will learn about multiple parts of the manufacturing process in contexts ranging from design to production.
The four companies involved are eager to see the effects of the program. “We have 10 thousand Baby Boomers a day retiring,” says Steve Moeller, SMC’s Director of Manufacturing. “We don’t have enough replacements.” With the kickoff of the program, SMC anticipates an increasing number of local students interested in the potential of a manufacturing career. SMC is proud to be part of training the next generation of highly-skilled manufacturing experts.
About Specialty Manufacturing
An ISO 9001:2015 certified business, Specialty Manufacturing (SMC) includes six vertically integrated divisions to deliver high-quality valves, hydraulic couplers and dental components to the market. Its dental division, formerly known as Marr Valve Company, is an expert in small pneumatic valves, manifolds and custom injection-molded parts for the dental industry. We provide customers with the highest level of service in research, design and delivery solutions to solve their application challenges. Visit www.marrvalve.com to learn more about our dental capabilities.