Approximately 1,000 students visited the Rowmark headquarters in Findley, Ohio, October 3-6 as a part of Manufacturing Day, presented by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Institute (MI). According to the company, the “Dream it! Do it!” program aims to introduce all students to the different aspects of manufacturing and related career opportunities, teaching students about the advanced technologies and state-of-the-art facilities in today’s manufacturing environment.
“We were very excited to host these students and introduce them to our employees, and give them a behind-the-scenes look into our manufacturing operations,” says Rowmark President and CEO Duane Jebbett. “We hope this opportunity to showcase Rowmark’s technology and innovation will encourage them to consider a career in manufacturing after they graduate from high school, whether it’s hands-on or in a support role.”
During the four days of tours at Rowmark, eighth-graders viewed several different areas of the operation, including shipping, warehousing and logistics, plastic extrusion, quality testing, and fabrication, the company says.
“What we heard most often during the tours was that the students were surprised at how much technology was involved in our processes,” explains Rich Zydonik, vice president of sales and business development. “From the bar coding in the warehouse to the technology used to calibrate the thickness of the sheet materials we produce, it was an eye-opener for them to see what a modern manufacturing facility looks like.”
The event was held in conjunction with Raise the Bar, a Hancock County initiative focused on workforce development, as well as the Findlay City and Hancock County schools.
For more information, visit www.rowmark.com.