October 9, 2013 – 26 Manufacturers to Participate in “Heavy Metal Tour” in North Central Wisconsin

Nearly 1400 8th grade students from 22 school districts will be participating in the 2nd annual North Central WI “Heavy Metal Tour” tomorrow, October 9, 2013. In conjunction with 26 manufacturing employers, this event is sponsored by the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB), Nicolet Area Technical College (NATC), Northcentral Technical College (NTC), Grow North Economic Development, Centergy, Northwoods Manufacturers Alliance, and the Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturers Alliance.

Each student will tour two of the 26 participating manufacturing facilities, viewing state-of-the-art technology and learning about opportunities in manufacturing careers. In addition, students will learn about training opportunities at our area 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 by demanding a skilled workforce which understands and embraces the latest machining, electronic, computer, and other technologies, as well as the application of critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems.

We encourage media to follow the students on a tour, the presentation, or both. Plant tours will take place
from 9 a.m. to 1:30 pm. To make arrangements to join a specific tour you must contact one of the following
people who will help set the tour up for you:

In the Rhinelander, Tomahawk, NATC area call Teri Phalin at 715-360-6921 or Rene Daniels at 715-573-9510; in the Wausau/NTC area call Bruce Trimble at 715-409-0513, Mark Borowicz at 715-370-3189, or Lynn Heil at 715-370-0048; for tours in the Antigo/NTC area call Leslie Fischer at 715-903-0232.

The following manufacturers are participating in tomorrow’s event:
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“When we planned our first tour last year we set a participation goal of 100-150 students and five employers. To
see the event grow in a year’s time to 1400 students and have the support of 26 employers is beyond fantastic,”
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 2nd 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.


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



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