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MfgDay 2015 is celebrated in Lincoln County

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Lincoln County, NC, October 2, 2015– In celebration of nationally recognized, Manufacturing Day 2015, four local industries opened their doors to more than 200 Lincoln County high school students as part of an effort to change student’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level and supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, and often, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. Those local industries participating in MfgDay 2015 by hosting the days tours included: Cataler North America, Aptar, The Timken Company and Blum Inc.

Following the industry tours, all students participating were bused to the Lincoln County School of Technology for an introductory visit to the school and an opportunity to learn of the Manufacturing Classes available to interested students.  In his presentation to the visiting students, Dr. Cale Sain, Director of Career and Technical Education and school principal, explained the importance of the day.  “There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Dr. Sain, “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced. There are jobs for you in your future that pay well that are right here in Lincoln County and you need to be informed of that.”

In addition to the marked event of October 2, and in association with the Lincoln Economic Development Association, Lincolnton and Lincoln County officials have declared the entire month of October as Industry Appreciation Month.