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Program Offers Information On Manufacturing Opportunities
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In celebration of Manufacturing Day, area companies including Flory Industries, Hilmar Cheese, Flowers Baking Company, Fresh Point, E. & J. Gallo, and Gallo Glass will open their doors for student tours. The tours, running Oct. 3 through 6, include more than 300 high school and vocational training students from Modesto City Schools, Patterson Unified School District, Oakdale High School, and DeHart Technical School as part of an effort to get students and educators excited about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the variety of career pathways available locally in manufacturing.

National Manufacturing Day is an annual event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, industry leaders, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

Opportunity Stanislaus began celebrating National Manufacturing Day locally in 2016 with tours of Flory Industries and Kraft Heinz by students at Johansen and Gregori high schools and Patterson Unified School District. The day was so successful that it blossomed to an entire week of tours with nine employers offering to host tours to 10 high schools and one vocational training program.


Manufacturing Day gives local students an inside peak at the exciting opportunities that await them locally. It’s the first step in building career pathways and relationships that can lead to career opportunities down the road. The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and by 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers needing to be replaced. This event introduces the future of the local workforce to an array of well-paid, steady jobs in Stanislaus County.