idX Corp., a global solution provider for consumer environment design, manufacturing, rollout, and installation, hosted 300 high school students in October, as five of its U.S. facilities opened their doors to mark Manufacturing Day.
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially took place on Oct. 6, many companies like idX work with the community and local schools to schedule a date that works best for them.
For idX, the event provided an opportunity to showcase the important work the company does on a daily basis and to educate students, community members, media, and policymakers on how integral manufacturing is to the local, national, and global economy.
idX Louisville in Kentucky partnered with One Southern Indiana to host 40 school superintendents, principals, teachers, economic development officials, local manufacturers, media, and 20 Clarksville High School seniors. The organization also brought in speakers like UPS spokesman Pat Murphy to talk about the changing market the students will soon experience.
idX Dayton in Ohio hosted 75 students from three local high schools with industrial arts programs. Students from Carroll, Thurgood Marshall, and Dunbar high schools were shown an interactive overview of idX, followed by a tour of the Dayton facility. The tour wrapped up with a visit to the showroom, where students could see actual customer displays built by the division and ask questions.
At idX’s North Carolina facility, 100 students came from the three local high schools. Many of the students had taken carpentry, welding, and drafting classes—important skills in fixture manufacturing. Plant tours were followed by presentations from each department and question-and-answer sessions. Based on the success of this event, plans are already underway for more student visits in January.
In Seattle, Wash., a group of Tacoma area high school students visited the idX facility, where they were able to observe all phases of the manufacturing process including engineering, CNC programming, assembly, paint, and distribution. During the company presentation, students heard from idX team members who explained how they started their careers in manufacturing.
The Los Angeles, Calif., division hosted 50 Temple City High School seniors for tours and information sessions.
“idX’s participation in Manufacturing Day helped expand local students’ knowledge about the rewarding career opportunities in manufacturing, and about idX’s role in the community,” says Lin Courtois, idX VP marketing and communications. “Based on this year’s success, we hope to expand the initiative to include all U.S. manufacturing divisions next year.”