Bison Gear hosts local educators for National Manufacturing Day

Bison Gear & Engineering, a St. Charles, Ill. designer of fractional horsepower electric motors, gearmotors and gear reducers, marked the first annual National Manufacturing Day (Oct. 5) by hosting local-area middle school educators from Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a program designed to introduce students to the long-term benefits of a career in manufacturing, at their corporate headquarters. The teachers spent the day talking with executives at Bison about the future of manufacturing, how the company is working to grow within the current economic climate and also the promising opportunities that a career in manufacturing has to offer new graduates.

Click here to find out more about National Manufacturing Day and how to participate.

PLTW team: Michael Dewees, Todd Tucker, Rob Harmon, Marsha Brown, Ed Coyle, Paul Herrera, Jennifer Tosello, and Alesha Blank with Bison associates John Wright, Matt Hanson, Jim Parejko, and Todd Lucich. -Bison photo

The PLTW team was welcomed and given a short presentation showcasing Bison Gear & Engineering. Teachers were then taken on a tour of the facility to get an up-close look at the manufacturing floor. Together with PLTW, Bison hopes to “foster in a new crop of students already engaged in industrial manufacturing.”

National Manufacturing Day was started this year by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Institute. Its primary purpose its to inform and educate about U.S. manufacturing and the highly skilled jobs available in this field. Across the nation, manufacturing companies are encouraged to give tours, conduct workshops, open houses and various other events in order to increase awareness about potential career paths in manufacturing.

-Bill O’Leary

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