Manufacturing Day Events Around the Region Announced

Manufacturing Day Events Around the Region Announced

The Center of Workforce Innovations and Northwest Indiana Forum have announced Manufacturing Day events that will be taking place throughout the region.

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.  This Friday, October 6, 2017 across the seven counties of Northwest Indiana students and communities will celebrate Manufacturing Day with events, tours and educational programming and activities.

Manufacturing Day is designed to show students, parents, educators, and their communities, what is really happening in modern manufacturing. The importance of the manufacturing industry is known yet there isn’t a positive impression of the current manufacturing jobs available.

According to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana is ranked #1 among states in the percent of workforce engaged in manufacturing.  Twenty five percent of Indiana’s economic output is based in the manufacturing sector. These statistics are what drives the Center of Workforce Innovations and the Northwest Indiana Forum to work with all levels of academia and the business community to ensure our region’s workforce has the skills   to meet the needs of current and potential employers.

“As we celebrate manufacturing day it is very exciting to see so many schools and companies celebrating as well.  The opportunity to continue to grow our manufacturing community continues to increase,” said Northwest Indiana Forum President and CEO Heather Ennis. “Cost of doing business overseas is rising and the Midwest is attractive to companies looking to invest or reinvest in the United States.  We need to promote the skills and education needed to fill this evolving and growing field.

Linda Woloshansky, the President and CEO recognize that while manufacturing continues to grow, the need for a pipeline of workers is essential.  “Parents need to understand that manufacturing careers are alive and well and that they provide high-paying jobs,” said Woloshansky.  “The events planned in our region this month are a perfect way to expose young people to advanced manufacturing and the skills needed to work in the industry,” she added.

Below are a few Manufacturing Day Events that will be held around Northwest Indiana.  Although the majority of events will fall on Friday, October 6, many communities, businesses and school corporations will participate in events throughout the entire month of October:


October 4

Merrillville Community School students will visit Carmeuse Lime and Stone in order to learn more about career opportunities within the plant and attend a facility tour.


October 6

  1. Students from Winamac High School will take a mill tour of the Winamac Cold Draw and Hot Mill. Students will see how carbon and alloy steel tubes are produced.
  2. The School City of Hobart will offer Manufacturing Day learning opportunities for all 3rd through 12th grade students, including a few tours to manufacturing plants in and around Hobart.
  3. Purdue Northwest’s College of Technology and Commercialization & Manufacturing Excellence Center are planning a full day of activities including a tour of Three Floyd’s Brewing Company, tour of Land O’Frost followed by a program featuring keynote speaker Andurag Garg, Founder/CEO of DATTUS.   A panel discussion will follow the keynote speakers.


October 12

Starke County Economic Development Corporation will host 400 students and the community at Knox Middle School; where manufacturers and distributors will display their products and techniques. Students will learn about the products, associated training and education required to be employed at these local companies.  Steve Braun, Commissioner for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development will be the keynote speaker.


October 18

Portage Economic Development Corporation along with Portage Schools the host Portage MFG 360, where over 100 students will tour four different manufacturers located in the Port of Indiana.

The following high schools will participate in manufacturing tours in their communities throughout the month of October:  Valparaiso, Kankakee Valley, Winamac and the Neighbors’ New Vistas High School.

LaPorte County kicked off Manufacturing Day with their Made In La Porte County event held on September 14th.  Hosted by the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC) and the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation (GLEDC), this county-wide event brought together over 50 La Porte County companies that showcased the products they manufacture and/or distribute and drew over 2,000 students.

The Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI) is a nonprofit multi-faceted, multi-management workforce development organization with its pulse on employment, education, and economic development.

Commonly known for identifying and implementing best practices, CWI has administered more than 40 public and private ventures intended to improve the quality of the workforce, enhance the business climate, and ensure the realization of a higher quality of life.

The Northwest Indiana Forum is a non-profit, privately funded regional environmental and economic development organization, comprised of regional business leaders, serving Northwest Indiana. Funded by membership contributions and grants, Forum membership translates into a direct investment in the region.


For more information, please contact Barbara Grimsgard, Communications Manager for the Center of Workforce Innovations,, 219-462-2940, ext. 28 or Raeann Trakas, Director of Marketing for the Northwest Indiana Forum, at or 219-763-6303, ext. 181.