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Manufacturers across the Greater Lehigh Valley celebrate National Manufacturing Day

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LCTI took 100 Greater Lehigh Valley high school students to tour Bosch Rexroth in Bethlehem Township. (Contributed photo)
LCTI took 100 Greater Lehigh Valley high school students to tour Bosch Rexroth in Bethlehem Township. (Contributed photo)

Happy Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturers across the Greater Lehigh Valley and the rest of the nation today are celebrating National Manufacturing Day with tours and other events that promote the industry.

The day addresses common misperceptions about the industry by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is – and what it is not.

Since its inception in 2012, the number of participating manufacturers in Manufacturing Day has grown from 200 to nearly 1,500 – with 68 tours alone in Pennsylvania.

Here are a few of the Greater Lehigh Valley activities going on in honor of National Manufacturing Day:

American Crane & Equipment Corp.

American Crane & Equipment Corp. in Douglassville, a manufacturer of overhead electric cranes and hoists, today invited a group of Exeter High School students to tour its facility for the day. Exeter High School of Exeter Township has implemented a science, technology, engineering and math program into its curriculum and has asked American Crane and other area businesses to support the initiative.

After learning about overhead cranes, hoists and their applications, the students will take a tour of American Crane’s six manufacturing bays. They will walk through areas where activities such as material preparation, machining, welding, electrical assembly, shipping/receiving and engineering occur daily. In addition, students will learn the job scope of machinists, fitters, electricians, mechanics, electrical/mechanical/welding and structural engineers and designers.

Atas International Inc.

ATAS International Inc. in Upper Macungie Township, a manufacturer of metal roofing, metal wall, metal ceiling panels and metal accessories for commercial and residential buildings, gave tours at 9 a.m. and noon.

Guests observed metal roof and wall panel profiles being manufactured and learned about design opportunities when incorporating metal into residential and commercial building and renovation projects. A panel of ATAS staff answered manufacturing-related questions and presented a manufacturing video.

Lehigh Career and Technical Institute

LCTI took 100 Greater Lehigh Valley high school students to tour Bosch Rexroth in Bethlehem Township – a global provider of advanced drive, motion and control solutions – to give them a closer, more in-depth view of how the manufacturing industry works.

The trip is funded in part by the Bosch Rexroth Community Fund Grant that LCTI received this year.

Bracelente Manufacturing Group

Bracelente Manufacturing Group in Trumbauersville is giving a facility tour which includes a presentation about the company, while sharing some of its products and how they are used.

The Rodon Group

A plastic injection molder in Hatfield, The Rodon Group today is holding “Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Future” at its facility to focus on the role the government plays in nurturing, promoting and growing the manufacturing economy.

Speakers are on hand, including Phillip Singerman, associate director for innovation and industry services at National Institutes of Standards and Technology/Manufacturing Extension Partnerships. His topic is the role of the federal government in supporting manufacturing through Manufacturing Extension Partnerships and encouraging U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness.

Catherine Werner, from the U.S. Commerce Department, reviewed the Select USA program, a government initiative which encourages, facilitates and accelerates business investment in the U.S. by foreign and domestic firms.

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Jennifer Glose

Jennifer Glose

Reporter Jennifer Glose covers health care, Berks County and other topics. She can be reached at jenniferg@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 111. Follow her on Twitter @jenniferg_LVB and read her blog, “Networking,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/networking-blog.

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