Sophomore students from four area high schools learned about opportunities in the manufacturing field available after they graduate during the Western Whiteside County Manufacturing Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
“These opportunities include positions as unskilled workers, skilled workers, technology workers, manufacturing engineers and managers,” said Jim Prombo, career placement coordinator at Morrison Institute of Technology. “At the present time there are over 300 manufacturers in the Sauk Valley and many of them need skilled workers right now.”
Students from high schools in Prophetstown, Morrison, Erie and Fulton started the day at Morrison Tech where they heard presentations from Frantz Manufacturing, Walmart Distribution Center, Astec Mobile Screens, Timken-Drives, the Illinois Manufacturers Excellence Council, Whiteside Area Career Center, Sauk Valley Community College and Morrison Tech. The speakers stressed the importance of manufacturing in the Sauk Valley area and the variety of careers in the field.
Following the presentations, students toured various manufacturing sites including Sterling Multi-Products and Prophet Gear, Prophetstown; Climco Coils, Morrison; P & P Industries, Mallard Corp., Wahl Clipper, Frantz Manufacturing, Astec Mobile Screens and Menk, USA, LLC, Sterling; Timken-Drives, Fulton and Custom-Pak, Clinton, Iowa.