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Discover Manufacturing Expo 2012

As a member of the Specialized Manufacturing Group, Excel participated in the 4th annual Discover Manufacturing Career Expo as a major sponsor and tour host. Over 200 students visited Excel for a plant tour, including many stops showcasing the diverse range of careers available in modern manufacturing.

The Discover Manufacturing Career Expo is a one-day field trip designed to encourage students to consider a career in manufacturing. Many people maintain an outdated view of manufacturing as a dirty, dead-end job. In fact, modern manufacturers use cutting-edge technology in clean work environments and employ bright, engaged employees. Current statistics show that workers in the manufacturing industry are compensated at a greater level than in other industries (considering wages/salaries and benefits). Also, many people limit their view of manufacturing to machine operation, when there are diverse career paths available using skill sets ranging from design engineering to project management to human resources.

This year, nearly 1200 students from over 30 high schools participated and began the day by visiting area manufacturers for a morning tour. The students then gathered in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom for lunch, to participate in hands-on activities, listen to speakers (including Congressman Aaron Schock), and hear directly from young adults who have already chosen a career in manufacturing.

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