This fall nearly 200 area students attended the Fifth Annual Bedford County Manufacturing Day held at the JLG Industries, Inc. Sunnyside plant.
The day-long event included tours of the JLG plant, information sessions on training and an overview of jobs available in manufacturing. Student groups from all five Bedford County high schools participated in the event.
According to Andrew J. Tacelosky, JLG Chief Operating Officer, sessions like Manufacturing Day are critical to the future of JLG and American manufacturing in general.
“By participating in days like this, we are placing our future in the future’s hands,” Tacelosky stated. “It opens up students to what manufacturing can offer right here in Bedford County.”
“We are competing globally and that means we need trained employees with a skill set that will add to our company,” said Jeff Rush, Senior Director of Advanced Manufacturing for JLG. “The ultimate hope is that we will be able to hire some of the students we see at Manufacturing Day.”
Other manufacturers who participated in the day’s event included Bedford Reinforced Plastics, MDL Manufacturing Industries, Inc., Defiance Metal Products, Bedford Candies, Rockland Manufacturing Co. and Lampire Biological Laboratories.
“We’re especially grateful to JLG Industries for its sponsorship,” noted Terri Brumbaugh, Vice President of the Bedford County Development Association. “We had a well-organized team that worked together to plan a successful event. The Bedford County Technical Center and all of the school districts were fully involved,” she noted. “We were pleased to receive many positive comments from the students, their teachers and the business representatives. It was a great day.”