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Findlay, Ohio-based engraving substrate manufacturer Rowmark hosted approximately 1,000 eighth-grade students in early October as part of the National Association of Manufacturers’ and Manufacturing Institute’s “Dream it! Do it!” program.
The “Dream it! Do it!” program aims to introduce students to all aspects of manufacturing and associated career opportunities. It teaches students about the advanced technologies and state-of-the-art facilities that are part of today’s manufacturing environment.
During the four days of tours at Rowmark’s headquarters, students got to view several different aspects of the company’s operations, including shipping, warehousing and logistics, plastic extrusion, quality testing and fabrication.
“What we heard most often during the tours was that the students were surprised at how much technology was involved in our processes,” says Rich Zydonik, Rowmark’s vice president of sales and business development. “From the bar coding in the warehouse to the technology used to calibrate the thickness of the sheet materials we produce, it was an eye-opener for them to see what a modern manufacturing facility looks like.”
Rowmark participated locally in conjunction with Raise the Bar, a Hancock County (Ohio) initiative focused on workforce development, as well as multiple local school districts.
“We were very excited to host these students and introduce them to our employees and give them a behind-the-scenes look into our manufacturing operations,” says Duane Jebbett, Rowmark’s president and CEO. “We hope this opportunity to showcase Rowmark’s technology and innovation will encourage them to consider a career in manufacturing after they graduate from high school, whether it’s hands-on or in a support role.”