Wow! What a great set of events this year for Manufacturing Day! In the morning students toured many local manufacturers with detailed discussions and presentations focusing on the diversity of careers available in manufacturing especially right here in their home town. Versatech brought 80+ students into our facility to get a first hand look at all of the career options and what skills and education are required, as well as pay range and benefits. The tours allowed students to review jobs in every department, what these jobs entailed, and the diverse products and services that Versatech provides to our customers. There were two displays that showed the parts we produce being utilized on the finished products. One display was Honda Cars courtesy of Roy Schmidt Honda and the other display was a John Deere Hay Roller courtesy of Sloan Implement of Teutopolis.
Governor Rauner paid a visit to the Expo and Chamber of Commerce First Friday Luncheon and spoke to over 300 students. The total Expo attendance with Chamber Members and their guest was over 570! There were six manufacturers who had expo booths along with Lake Land College and the Cyber Generation 4-H Robotics Club. Governor Rauner brought a state proclamation for Manufacturing Day 2015 and presented it to Norma Lansing of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce and Joe Forbes, Chamber Board Chairman. Governor Rauner mingled with many expo booth manufacturers and students prior to his presentation. The Governor's speech focused on support for education funding and specialized curriculum structure based on skilled labor requirements for local manufacturing jobs. He gave recognition to the City and County of Effingham for setting high standards and good examples for other Illinois cities to follow. He mentioned the skilled labor gap and how these students were the answer to this problem.
Versatech's Expo Booth was a hit with the students! A robotic assembly cell demonstrated how robotics play a large roll in manufacturing today. The demo cell allowed students to load and initiate the assembly of a LED flashlight. The robot assembled and performed checks and tests for quality control prior to dispensing the assembled flashlight back to the student. The students asked great questions and the interaction seemed to excite many students that were interested in technical careers. The Versatech booth staff also answered many questions student had about jobs such as quality control, administrative and support roles. Versatech also held an Open House for the Public from 4pm-6pm. General public and employees with families came and toured the facility. Over all, the day was a tremendous success!
Versatech would like to give a special thank you to all who made this day so successful! The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce was the host and did all the planning and preparation for all the days events and everything was perfect!!! The City of Effingham signed a Proclamation for Manufacturing Day and supported the event. Other supporters were Lake Land College, The Alliance, and Effingham County. Participating manufacturers were:
Hitachi Metals Automotive Components,Hodgson Mill, John Boos & Co., Kingery Printing, Mechanovent, Nova Solutions, Quad Graphics, Sherwin Williams Distribution Center, Siemer Milling Company, Stevens Industries, and Versatech LLC