To mark the occasion of its 25th anniversary, dgs Marketing Engineers hosted a mid-November educational event that exposed 25 Indianapolis-area high school students—one for each year the manufacturing-industry communications agency has been in business—to potentially lucrative manufacturing careers.
Titled “Connect with Manufacturing,” the event took place at Shelton Machinery, a Mazak distributor in Fishers, Indiana. Students had a chance to watch Mazak Integrex and Nexus machines in action, enjoy a catered lunch sponsored by “Modern Machine Shop” publisher Gardner Publications, and take a field trip to Bishop Steering, a nearby manufacturer of steering components and precision-machined parts.
The machines on display at Shelton’s showroom served as a backdrop for presentations by speakers including Lance Rhodes, deputy state director for State Senator Dan Coats, Chuck Birkle, VP of sales and marketing at Mazak, and Harry Moser, former president of EDM builder AgieCharmilles and founder of the Reshoring Initiative (Mazak and AgieCharmilles are both dgs clients). They reinforced the message that opportunities in manufacturing are both attractive and in urgent need of being filled. “People have a misconception that manufacturing plants are dark, dirty and dangerous places, but the reality is most of today’s plants are clean, high-tech work environments,” Mr. Birkle says. “It is important to expose teens to all the great things a manufacturing can offer, and that’s exactly what Connect with Manufacturing set out to accomplish.