Hands-on tours give high school students a glimpse into the manufacturing field


From a company building machines to package pharmaceuticals to a company that produces products like dog collars, leashes and tags (and everything in between), area high school students got a hands-on look at current day manufacturing in the Fargo Moorhead area.

In one day, 250 area high schools students toured and got to work at three of eighteen participating manufacturing firms. The firms opened their doors hoping to help turn students from passively interested to future manufacturing employees. Armed with information about pay and benefits, students saw firms that are high tech and high performance.

“We were honored to take part in Manufacturing Day so that we could do our small part in demonstrating to the next generations what the steel industry and manufacturing truly is. Hopefully we were able to show that not only is manufacturing a vital piece of the economy, but that it is very progressive, technical and offers many honorable and rewarding career opportunities,” Chad Wolf, McNeilus Steel.

Since the program’s inception in 2013, more than 900 students have toured local manufacturing facilities.

Participating schools were Moorhead Area Public Schools, West Fargo Public, Fargo Public, and Oak Grove.

Students touring Korber Medipak

Participating employers included: Spectrum Aeromed, Integrity Windows and Doors, McNeilus Steel, Inc., Case New Holland, John Deere Electronic Solutions, Caterpillar Reman Drivetrain, Northern Plains Steel, Solid Comfort, Prinsco, Mackow Industries International, Doosan Bobcat, Rapat Corporation, dogIDs, Trail King Industries, Appareo Systems, GPK Products, Korber Medipak, NDSCS

Funds and support for the day’s activities provided by the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation and Impact Dakota with bus sponsors: Rapat Corporation; Caterpillar Reman Drivetrain, LLC; Trail King Industries, Northern Plains Steel; McNeilus Steel; Korber Medipak Systems NA, Inc.; Spectrum Aeromed; Case New Holland.

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