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Manufacturers & Students Celebrate Manufacturing Day

Manufacturers & Students Celebrate Manufacturing Day

Photo: Brian Bendig, President of Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing, Ltd. shows the Electric Discharge Machine (EDM) which is used in the manufacturing process whereby a desired shape is obtained by using an electrical discharge (spark) to burn away or erode a form or shape into steel or other materials. Photo by Rod Denis.

Manufacturers and 604 Students Come Together to Celebrate Manufacturing Day

To recognize Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6, 2017 the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Workforce WindsorEssex, the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, Greater Essex County District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence, St. Clair College-Skilled Trades Regional Training Centre along with regional employers coordinated activities today for 604 students from local schools to tour manufacturing facilities in Windsor-Essex.

Local manufacturing employers recognize the benefits of opening their doors to students and educators as it highlights and brings to the forefront the many great careers and opportunities that exist in manufacturing in Windsor and Essex County. The companies participating this year are: Anchor Danly; A.V. Gauge &Fixtures; Cavalier Tool and Manufacturing; JD Norman Industries; Laval International; Leggett & Platt Automotive Group (Schukra); Radix; Reko International Group Inc; Select Tool; Toolplas; UE Enclosures and Windsor Mold Group.

Marcel Simard Grade 11 Student, Belle River District High School said, “Participating in the tours let us see hands-on what the workplace was like and it has changed my mind about the manufacturing industry. I noticed how clean the manufacturing industry is and before this, I envisioned a dark, dirty old factory but after touring I realized it was the opposite. I didn’t have a feel of the industry so it was helpful for me to see it in action like the process of how they machined parts and I really liked seeing how “hi tech” the equipment was. Basically, I feel it opened another door for me because manufacturing really wasn’t on my radar and now I think it could be a post-secondary option for me.”

Stephen MacKenzie, CEO of the WindsorEssex Economic Development said, “Manufacturing is a career full of innovative and technological opportunities and hosting manufacturing day that brings students and our manufacturers together reinforces the message first-hand to the students about the importance of this sector to our local economy. This annual program helps to change the perception of students, their parents or guardians about having a career in manufacturing.”

“Manufacturing Day is effective at helping young people explore new career opportunities, including careers in skilled trades. With 30,000 people employed in manufacturing in Windsor-Essex and a projected growth of 3% over the next 5 years (almost 800 new jobs), we need to continue to provide more experiential learning opportunities like this, before young people graduate and choose a career path.” Added Michelle Suchiu, Executive Director, Workforce WindsorEssex.

 

Company Times School Visiting Company Contact
Anchor Danly

2590 Ouellette Ave.

Windsor, ON

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

Westview Freedom Academy

Villanova and Catholic Central

Belle River D.H.S. (group 2)

Carl Powers
A.V. Gauge & Fixture

4000 DelDuca Dr.

Oldcastle, ON

11:00 a.m.

12:45 p.m.

L’Essor

Belle River D.H.S. (group 1)

Inna Turkova
Toolplas Systems

1905 Blackacre Dr.

Oldcastle, ON

9:30 a.m. Assumption High School Nicola Geyser
Cavalier Tool

1950 Wheelton Dr.

Windsor, ON

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

Belle River D.H.S. (groups 1 and 2)

St. Anne’s

Westview Freedom Academy and Maryvale School

Belle River D.H.S. (group 3)

Lori Kennedy
Laval International

4965 8th Concession

Oldcastle, ON

9:55 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

Catholic Central

Kingsville District High School

F.J. Brennan

Jonathon Azzopardi
Radix Inc.

5140 8th Concession

Oldcastle, ON

1:00 p.m. L’Essor Rachel Boucher-Yaroch
Leggett & Platt 10:00 a.m. Riverside Secondary  
St. Clair College Skilled Trades Regional Training Centre 9:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m.

Kingsville District High School

Assumption High School

Riverside Secondary

A21 Academy

 
UE Enclosures 9:00 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

Cardinal Carter

Kingsville District High School

 
Select Tool 9:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

Belle River D.H.S. (group 3)

Cardinal Carter

 
Reko International 8:45 a.m. St. Anne’s  
Windsor Mold 9:30 a.m. Villanova  
JD Norman 10:00 a.m. A21 Academy