Manufacturing Day, which takes place nationwide on Friday, October 7, is a celebration of all things manufacturing and is designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. In addition to celebrating Manufacturing Day, Wisconsin designates the whole month of October as Manufacturing Month.

Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce several upcoming manufacturing events in recognition of National Manufacturers Month. As part of its workforce development efforts, the Fort Atkinson Chamber will be providing a tour of Fort Atkinson’s largest employers to area college students on Friday, October 21. The purpose of the tour is to inform students of the career potential at companies in Fort Atkinson and encourage them to apply for available internships, apprenticeships and summer job opportunities in the spring. Participating manufacturers include Nasco International, Spacesaver Corporation, Jones Dairy Farm, OSI Fort Atkinson and Digi-Star, LLC. There is no cost to the students, who can register through their instructors or by calling the Fort Atkinson Chamber during business hours.

The chamber website and Facebook page will feature “Made in Fort” products from local companies to highlight the economic impact of manufacturing in the area. Followers are encouraged to check back frequently, as posts will made every other day throughout the month.

In partnership with the Fort Atkinson School District, the chamber organizes business tours for the Fort Atkinson Middle School 8th grade career classes. The next one is scheduled for November 3 and includes tours of Nasco International, Wisconsin Packaging Corp. and MATC, where students can then learn about the educational options for pursuing a career in manufacturing. The tours, held in the fall and spring, are designed to provide eighth grade students first-hand knowledge of careers available locally.

The chamber is also supporting the Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium’s (JCEDC) kick-off of a new initiative, the Jefferson County Manufacturing Council: a peer network to bring together top level executives and leaders in area manufacturing. Those interested in attending their first event on October 13 should contact the JCEDC.

According to the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), Wisconsin’s manufacturing sector drives economic growth for the state. For every $1 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. Wisconsin manufacturers employ more than 450,000 workers, and the state’s manufacturing concentration is 87% higher than the national average. Wisconsin manufacturing workers on average earn $10,000 more and have better benefits than other private sector workers.

Links to additional manufacturing month events can be found at the Fort Atkinson Chamber’s website at www.fortchamber.com.