FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2014 – 46 Manufacturers to Participate in “Heavy Metal Tour” in North Central Wisconsin

Stevens Point, WI – Nearly 3000 8th grade students from 30 School Districts will be participating in the 3rd Annual North Central WI “Heavy Metal Tour” on October 8, 2014. In conjunction with 46 manufacturing employers, this event is sponsored by the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB), Nicolet Area Technical College, Northcentral Technical College, Mid-State Technical College, and the Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturers Alliance.

Each student will tour two of the manufacturing facilities, viewing state-of-the-art technology and acquiring knowledge about opportunities in manufacturing careers. In addition, students will learn about training opportunities at the Northcentral, Nicolet, and Mid-State Technical Colleges and participate in employer presentations on “Gold Collar Careers”. The Gold Collar Careers initiative is a regional effort to inspire students to consider manufacturing career pathways. Many companies in north central Wisconsin offer high tech manufacturing jobs that are pushing the limits of technology. These companies require a skilled workforce that understands and embraces the latest machining, welding, electronic, computer, and other technologies, as well as the application of critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems.

“When we planned our first tour we set a participation goal of 100-150 students and five employers. To watch the event grow to over 3000 students and have the support of 46 employers is phenomenal,” said Bruce Trimble, NCWWDB’s Employer Services Director. “This dramatic increase in participation numbers tells us we’re definitely on the right track to reaching the Tour’s goal of introducing youth to the family sustaining jobs available to them in north central Wisconsin.”

The following manufacturers are participating in the event and have collectively raised nearly $30,000 to help offset the event’s transportation and other costs: A&B Process Systems, Advanced Barrier Extrusions, Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation, Applied Laser Technologies, Arow Global Corp, Case Construction, Crystal Finishing Systems, Daigle Brothers, Diamond Machine, Donaldson Company, Felker Brothers, G3 Industries, Greenheck, H&S Manufacturing, Home Town Trolley, Imperial Industries, Innovative Machine, Inc., J&D Tube Benders, Jarp Industries, Johnson Electric Coil, L&S Electric, Lange Machine, Marathon Electric, Marshfield Utilities, Marten Machine, Merit Gear, Merrill Iron & Steel, Nimsgern Steel Corp., Norlen, Inc., Northland Stainless, Northstar Steel Fabricating, Inc., Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Oldenburg Group, Paget Equipment, Pointe Precision, Ponsse, Printpack, Roehl Trucking, Schuette Metals, Sulzer Machine & Manufacturing, Inc., Superior Diesel, V&H Heavy Truck, Volm Companies ,Waukesha Bearings, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, and Woods Equipment Company. Partner organizations also supporting the tour are: Centergy Regional Economic Development, Grow North Regional Economic Development Organization, Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and McDevco/Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce.

The following companies will be hosting “Open House Tours” for parents from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. allowing students to show their parents what they experienced: G3 Industries, Innovative Machine, J&D Tube Benders, Jarp Industries, Johnson Electric Coil, Marten Machine, Merit Gear, Northland Stainless, Pointe Precision, Ponsse, Schuette Metals, Superior Diesel, Volm Companies, and Waukesha Bearings. Northcentral Technical College will also be hosting an open house from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on its Antigo and Wausau campuses.

The 3rd Annual Heavy Metal Tour is held in October to help celebrate “Manufacturing Month”. Manufacturing contributes to almost half of Wisconsin’s economy. Nearly one in five workers in Wisconsin is directly employed in manufacturing.

Note: To make arrangements to speak with participating employers, contact Bruce Trimble at 715-204-1647.


The North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board is a public/private partnership between government and business that provides over-sight to area Job Centers and plans, administers and coordinates Workforce Investment Act (WIA) employment and training programs for Adults, Youth and Dislocated Workers in the North Central Wisconsin counties of Adams; Forest; Langlade; Lincoln; Marathon; Oneida; Portage; Vilas; and Wood. To visit NCWWDB’s website go to:

Judy Winkler • Communications Coordinator
North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
3118 Post Road, Suite A • Stevens Point, WI  54481
Phone:  715-204-1646 • Email:



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