2016 Manufacturing Day Tour October 11, 2016

October 7th marked National Manufacturing Day!


The Wayne County Board of Commissioners proclaim Friday, October 7, 2016 as Manufacturing Day in Wayne County and encourage all citizens to support Made in America, Made in Pennsylvania, Made in Wayne County……Naturally!, said the Wayne County Commissioners.

On September 29th representatives from the Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) and Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance (WPWA) were invited to the Wayne County Commissioners meeting to receive a proclamation for Manufacturing Day. Signed by all three Wayne County Commissioners, it reads:

“Whereas, Manufacturing Day was created in 2011 to raise awareness of the important role manufacturing plays in both our local communities and our nation; and

Whereas, Manufacturing Day addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors to illustrate what manufacturing looks like here in Wayne County; and

Whereas, a coordinated project by WEDCO, The Chamber of the Northern Poconos, Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance and Wayne Tomorrow, a bus tour will highlight various Wayne and Pike County manufacturers on Friday, October 7th; and

Whereas, education is the key to a vibrant economy and by working together we can, as a community, begin to address the skilled labor shortage, connect future generations, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Now therefore, we the Wayne County Board of Commissioners do herby proclaim Friday, October 7, 2016 as Manufacturing Day in Wayne County and encourage all citizens to support Made in America, Made in Pennsylvania, Made in Wayne County……Naturally!

Manufacturing Day Proclamation

Bottom row left to right: Ellen Korb, WEDCO, Cheryl Duquette, WPWA, Mary Beth Wood WEDCO, top row: Commissioners Wendall Kay, Brian Smith, Jonathan Fritz

Representatives from the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance, WEDCO, The Chamber of the Northern Poconos, Wayne County Employment and Training Center, Wayne County Planning Commission, Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support (SEEDS), Lackawanna College (Lake Region Center), teachers, students and Guidance Departments from Delaware Valley, Wallenpaupack Area, Wayne Highlands and Western Wayne School Districts and Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), also a sponsor of the event, hopped on a bus to celebrate manufacturing in Wayne and Pike Counties with a daylong tour.

Manufacturer’s highlighted during this year’s tour included a visit to STC Industries in Shohola, Leeward’s Middle Creek Quarry in Hawley, Rickard’s Cider Mill and St. Clair Graphics in Honesdale.  We stopped for lunch at Tick Tock’s Restaurant in Honesdale, then continued the tour by visiting New Wave Custom Woodworking and The Sports Factory in White Mills and our final stop at Visual Expressions in Hawley.

Click here to see highlights from the tour.

Along with those on the tour, the students were very impressed with the knowledge they gained by participating. They made various connections and discussed future job shadowing opportunities at some of the sites.

“This was an excellent and informative opportunity to learn about our local manufacturing businesses and to understand the skills and requirements necessary for our students”, stated one of the attendees.

All in all, it was a great experience!  We thank all who participated, our sponsors, and most of all the local manufacturers who allowed us to visit with them. If you would like to learn more about Manufacturing Day, visit MFGday.com.

Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance is the Community Education Council of Wayne and Pike Counties and is located at 92 Main Avenue in Hawley, PA. If you would like more information about the organization or would like to learn how you can help invest in a future of well-trained employees, visit www.wpworkforce.org or call 570-390-7613.


Peter and Katie from the News Eagle joined the tour and wrote about it here:


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