Celebrating Manufacturing Day in Decatur








Nearly 350 students from Decatur’s MacArthur and Eisenhower High Schools and Heartland Technical Academy participated in Decatur’s 4th Annual Manufacturing Days held on October 17 and October 18 at Richland Community College in Decatur, IL.

The event encouraged students to get a closer look at available manufacturing career paths through facility tours and symposiums with local manufacturers.

“Manufacturing Day provides local students the opportunity to see firsthand the available careers that manufacturing has to offer in Macon County,” said Andrew Taylor, Manufacturing Day event coordinator and economic development officer at Decatur EDC. “It’s great to see students interacting with real potential employers.”

Studies show that the U.S. will need to fill 3.5 million advanced manufacturing jobs over the next 10 years. Events like Decatur’s Manufacturing Days are coordinated in hopes that the next generation of manufacturers will become inspired for careers in manufacturing.

Manufacturing Days would not be a success without the help from the participating manufacturers (listed below), Richland Community College, DPS 61, Heartland Technical Academy, and the generous sponsorship from the Community Foundation of Macon County and Decatur Industrial Electric.

Align Production Systems
Decatur Industrial Electric
Mason Manufacturing
Mueller Company
O’Shea Builders
Ring Container Technologies
SMART Local 218
Tate & Lyle
T/CCI Manufacturing
Union Iron
Voestalpine Nortrak
Workforce Investment Solutions


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