Manufacturing Week 2015 proclaimed

By Matt Lasley -

Surrounded by representatives of local industry, City and County officials, on Thursday, Sept. 10, signed a proclamation declaring Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 Manufacturing Week.

Grayson County Deputy Judge Executive Tom Goff, Caneyville Mayor James Embry, Clarkson Mayor Bonnie Henderson, and Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason signed the proclamation during Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon, sponsored by Mid-Park, Inc.

Greg Bernard, of Mid-Park, served as the guest speaker for the event and spoke about what Manufacturing Week/Day strives to achieve.

Bernard said Manufacturing Week/Day addresses misperceptions about manufacturing by providing manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what it is that they do.

Additionally, Manufacturing Week/Day seeks to remedy the shortage of skilled labor in the country, which is the combined result of retiring baby boomers and not enough young people entering the workforce to fill those positions, Bernard said.

This year’s Manufacturing Week/Day will see the return of a number of events and opportunities for students of Grayson County Schools to learn about local manufacturing careers.

Throughout the week, companies such as Bel Brands USA, Kelley Beekeeping Company, and Mid-Park will post displays at Grayson County Middle School (GCMS).

Additionally, representatives from local companies will speak to middle schoolers about careers in manufacturing on Friday, Sept. 25, Monday, Sept. 28, and Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Also, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, a number of local manufacturers will offer tours of their facilities to Grayson County Middle and High School students.

“The local industry always comes together,” Bernard said.

Also during the luncheon, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Becky Escue welcomed the Chamber’s new members: The Well, Leitchfield United Methodist Church, Hardin Law Office, Twin Lakes Barns, and Redneck Ranch Restaurant/Smokin’ Redneck Foods.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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