Hundreds of Greater Omaha high school students experienced Manufacturing Day 2017 last month thanks to collaborative programming provided by The Greater Omaha Chamber’s Economic Development Partnership and the Partnership’s Manufacturing Council.

“Manufacturing career opportunities in Nebraska are trending upward, which is very, very exciting. We have a responsibility to equip our next generation of workers to meet the needs of the region’s many innovative, fast-moving manufacturers,” said Sean Johnson, senior director – business development.

Local student engagements coincided with a national Manufacturing Day celebration, featuring more than 2600 opportunities to “inspire the next generation of manufacturers.” Nebraska is home to nearly 2000 manufacturers, accounting for 12 percent of the state’s workforce. In Iowa, 13.6 percent of the state’s workforce is owed to manufacturing.

Participating Manufacturing Day Schools Included:

Bellevue East
Bellevue West
Council Bluffs Community Schools
Fremont High School
Omaha North

Participating Manufacturers Included:

Airlite Plastics
City of Council Bluffs-Waste Water Treatment Facility
Conductix –Wampfler
Distefano Technology & Manufacturing
Heartland Workforce Solutions
Lozier Corporation
Rosenbauer Aerials
Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy
Warren Distribution