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Posted on: October 9, 2018

WJCC Students Visit County Businesses for Sixth Annual Manufacturing Day

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On Friday, Oct. 5, students from Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (WJCC) visited Anheuser-Busch, Owens-Illinois, Coresix Precision Glass, Ball Corporation, Nicewood Enterprises and Printpack, all in James City County, for Manufacturing Day. Students also visited the James City County Five Forks Water Treatment Plant. Manufacturing Day is an initiative of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence designed to provide high school outreach to foster an interest in manufacturing careers and to help to develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

This was the sixth annual Manufacturing Day hosted in the County. More than 500 students have participated over the course of the program. Students from all three WJCC high schools experienced how advanced technology has changed manufacturing and they learned what skills are needed to qualify for careers in the manufacturing sector. The tours provide insight on potential career opportunities for students.

“The Ball Williamsburg plant enjoys hosting local students to tour our facility and learn about our manufacturing process,” said Jason Ketchel, Plant Manager. “Our high-speed lines can produce nearly 3 billion, 100% recyclable beverage cans annually, and we are always seeking qualified employees to support our plant’s production goals.”

Guidance counselors, teachers, School Board members and James City County staff accompanied the students on the tour. The tours concluded with a discussion and lunch at Legacy Hall. Each year during the discussion many students are in awe of the opportunities available in the local manufacturing sector. The local Manufacturing Day is coordinated annually by the County’s Office of Economic Development and WJCC Schools in conjunction with Glenn Marshall with Association for Manufacturing Excellence.

Governor Ralph Northam declared Oct. 5, 2018 as Manufacturing Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the resolution, it states that manufacturing remains a vital part of Virginia’s economy and contributes more than $42 billion to the Commonwealth’s gross domestic product annually.

To learn more about Manufacturing Day, visit their website.

Media Contact:
Amy Jordan, Director of Economic Development
757-253-6607; amy.jordan@jamescitycountyva.gov 

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