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2016 Manufacturing Day a Huge Success

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2016, the Little Rock Regional Chamber, Pulaski Technical College (PTC), and the City of Maumelle hosted a manufacturing exhibition fair, presented by Entergy, on October 7 at the PTC-South Campus. Manufacturers from within the region provided interactive exhibits to more than 1,000 local middle school and high school students as part of an effort to change student’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.

Dr. Margaret Ellibee, President of Pulaski Technical College, along with Rick Riley, President and CEO of Entergy Arkansas, Senator Jane English, and Mike Preston, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, offered comments to both industry and students.

Exhibitors included: 3M; American Welding Society; Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Unit; Cameron, A Schlumberger Company; Caterpillar; Custom Aircraft Cabinets; Dassault Falcon Jet; De Wafelbakkers; Entergy Arkansas; Galley Support Innovations; Georg Fischer Harvel, LLC; Imbibitive Technologies Corporation; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Lexicon, Inc.; LM Wind Power; L’Oréal; Molex; Plastic Ingenuity; Pulaski Technical College; Welsco, Inc.; and Welspun Pipes.

“By opening students’ eyes, at the secondary school level, to the amazing job opportunities in manufacturing, we increase the likelihood they will want to pursue advanced manufacturing as a career. High-skill and high-pay positions are available right now in central Arkansas. Our students, businesses, and communities win as more students are introduced to these career paths. This exhibition fair provided a great opportunity for students to see those career options available to them right here, right now in their home state,” said Jay Chesshir, President & CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber.