Last week the Chamber of Commerce, schools, local manufacturers, and Village representatives partnered to inspire the future generation of manufacturing workers. Nearly 90 Glenbard North High School and 350 Jay Stream middle school students toured local manufacturing facilities. At Antunes they observed commercial kitchen solutions and water filtration equipment. While at Trans Tech, students saw pad printing technology for items ranging from golf balls to medical supplies. Prince Industries demonstrated the process for their precision machined and fabricated parts. The manufacturers provided information on internships, apprenticeships, and tuition reimbursement programs. They also noted how important the right tools are to a lucrative career in manufacturing.
Manufacturing employs over 56,000 people in DuPage County, one in every ten jobs. To honor this vital industry, the Village Board proclaimed October National Manufacturing Month. Carol Stream has more than 100 manufacturers totaling over 4,000,000 square feet of space. Industries include automotive parts, food production, metal fabrication, paper processing, commercial cooking equipment, and packaging. Skilled employees are needed to support the Carol Stream economic powerhouse of manufacturing.
“The Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce is proud to champion our Manufacturing members. It is vital for students to engage with local industry to understand opportunities for future employment” stated Miriam Iwrey, Chamber CEO. She also noted they distributed education resources and pay ranges for manufacturing careers to help students make informed decisions. Local partnerships continue on October 29th when manufacturers and students will attend a career night at Glenbard North from 6:30 PM till 8:15 PM.