Manufacturing day helps promote local industries

Area students tour an industrial arts classroom on the North Central Texas College campus in Gainesville. The tour was part of Manufacturing Day, a nationwide effort to promote careers in manufacturing. 


Thirty area high school students toured local manufacturing plants Friday during the second annual Manufacturing Day.

The event was part of a national marketing effort to “show kids what kinds of careers are available in manufacturing,” Gainesville Economic Development Corporation executive director Arleene Loyd said. 

She noted 22 percent of the jobs available in Gainesville are in the manufacturing sector.

“This is our second year to participate,” Loyd said, adding the event is partially funded by a grant from Workforce Solutions Texoma.

Stops on the tour included Zodiac Seats USA, Superior Machine/Universal Machine in Muenster, GAF Materials Corporation, Molded Fiber Glass/MFG Texas and North Central Texas College.

The field trip helps students learn about jobs and the types of vocational training available to them.

Gainesville manufacturing companies including airline seat manufacturer Zodiac and GAF are highly prolific, Loyd said.

“If you are on an overseas flight, there’s an 85 percent chance your seat was made in Gainesville, Texas,” she said. “And GAF is North America’s largest roof (materials) manufacturer.”

Last year’s Manufacturing Day took place at the Gainesville Civic Center with representatives from local businesses on hand to talk to students.

This year officials decided to let students see for themselves how products are made.

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