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Students Get Look At Local Manufacturing Industry Debunks Myths, Shows Opportunities
GLADSTONE — Students and their parents were at VanAire, Inc. in Gladstone in November during the first Industry After Hours.
During the event, about 225 K-12 students from across the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) visited VanAire, Inc., which manufactures valve automation hardware and water pretreatment devices in Gladstone. The goal of the visit was to show students and their parents the job opportunities available in Delta County, as well as debunking some mis- conceptions about the manufacturing industry.
Throughout the course of the year, Industry After Hours sessions will be held at manufactur- ing companies throughout Delta County to help inspire the next generation of manufactur- ers.
According to Steve Soderman, CEO of VanAire, Inc., some of the myths associated with the manufacturing industry include that it has limited growth opportunities, no job stability, low skill levels and pay, repetitive and boring work, and that the U.S. cannot compete in a global market.
Soderman explained these misconceptions are very far from the truth. VanAire, Inc. supplies valves and water pretreatment solutions to all seven continents and 9 percent of jobs in Amer-
ica involve manufacturing, noted Soderman. In Michigan’s 1st Congressional District alone, there are over 25,000 jobs in manufacturing. District 1 includes the entire Upper Peninsula and 16 counties in the northern Lower Penin- sula.
Manufacturing jobs also offer 65 percent more bene- fits per hour than employees in a serv- ice industry, said Soderman. In addi- tion, VanAire, Inc. team members receive thorough training in their
fields.
“We want our
team members to be educated,” said Soderman.
The manufacturing industry is also a power- house economically, sa Soderman, as manufac- turing is responsible for $2.2 trillion in the American economy.
Along with presentations, students and par- ents were taken on tours of VanAire, Inc., exploring the various machines and operations
that occur there on a daily basis. Attendees vis- ited a laser burning table, robotic welders, Com- puter Numerical Control Machines (CNC), along with engineering and computer aided design positions.
“This exceeded our expectations,” said Soder- man of the turnout, adding he was pleased to see such a wide variety of student age groups.
Soderman said the over- all goal of the Industry After Hours is to promote manufacturing opportu- nities and showcase all that is happening right here in Delta County.
“Everyone has a skill and talent and we want to
use them,” said Soderman.
The Industry After Hours was sponsored by
the Delta County Manufacturing Alliance, UPward Talent Council Michigan Works!, VanAire, Inc., DSISD, and the Delta County Economic Development Alliance.training in their fields.
“We want our team members to be educated,”
said Soderman.
The manufacturing industry is also a power-
house economically, sa Soderman, as manufac- turing is responsible for $2.2 trillion in the American economy.
Along with presentations, students and par- ents were taken on tours of VanAire, Inc., exploring the various machines and operations that occur there on a daily basis. Attendees vis- ited a laser burning table, robotic welders, Com- puter Numerical Control Machines (CNC), along with engineering and computer aided design positions.
“This exceeded our expectations,” said Soder- man of the turnout, adding he was pleased to see such a wide variety of student age groups.
Soderman said the overall goal of the Industry After Hours is to promote manufacturing opportunities and showcase all that is happen- ing right here in Delta County.
“Everyone has a skill and talent and we want to use them,” said Soderman.
The Industry After Hours was sponsored by the Delta County Manufacturing Alliance, UPward Talent Council Michigan Works!, VanAire, Inc., DSISD, and the Delta County Economic Development Alliance.store’s return policy.
In Manfacturing Field
The goal of the visit was to show students and their
parents the job opportunities available in Delta County, as
well as debunking some mis- conceptions about the manu- facturing industry.
VanAire, Inc. CEO Steve Soderman talks about the manufacturing company with students and their parents during an Industry After Hours event at the Gladstone company.
From left, Christina Utter and her daughter, Layla, a Cameron Elementary student, listen to VanAire, Inc. employee Mark Winker, explain one of the various machined parts created at the manufacturing com- pany in Gladstone. The company hosted an Industry After Hours session, which allowed K-12 students and their parents the opportunity to tour VanAire and learn more about what the company does. (Haley Gustafson | Daily Press)


































































































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