5th Annual Manufacturing Day
The fifth annual Pembina-Walsh Youth Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) event is scheduled for Thursday, October 27. Four Pembina County manufacturers: Bordertown Retail Systems (Neche), CVR Industries (Neche), Food First (Walhalla), and Woodside Industries (Cavalier), and two Walsh County manufacturers: Marvin (Grafton), and Harriston Industries (Minto) are participating this year. Approximately 165 seventh grade students from seven area schools will each get to tour two manufacturing businesses and hear from young ambassadors about modern manufacturing and the path they took to get to their career.
Manufacturing is one of the leading employers in both Pembina and Walsh counties, providing more than 1,000 jobs. The goal of MFG DAY is to help change the perception of the manufacturing industry and inspire next-generation workers to pursue a career in modern manufacturing, while also retaining workforce in our rural communities. One of the keys to maintaining population and creating successful businesses is educating young people about the available opportunities in towns where they live.
The Pembina County and the Walsh County Job Development Authorities (JDAs) work closely with the area schools, manufacturers and North Valley Career and Technology Center to plan the MFG DAY events.
The JDAs received a grant from Impact Dakota to help offset costs of the event. Impact Dakota is North Dakota’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership offering training and consulting to manufacturing businesses.