Economic Development

Posted on: October 9, 2017

Students Visit County Businesses for Manufacturing Day


On Oct. 6, students from Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (WJCC) visited Anheuser-Busch, Owens-Illinois, Coresix Precision Glass, Ball Corporation, Nicewood Enterprises and Printpack, all in James City County, for Manufacturing Day. Students also visited the James City County Five Forks Water Treatment Plant. Manufacturing Day is an initiative of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence designed to reach out to schools to foster an interest in manufacturing careers and to help to develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

This was the fifth annual Manufacturing Day hosted in the County. More than 400 students have participated over the course of the program. Students from all three WJCC high schools were able to see first-hand how advanced technology has changed manufacturing and to learn about the skills needed to qualify for high-paying and fulfilling careers in the industry. The tours provide insight on potential career opportunities for students.

“Anheuser-Busch values participating in Manufacturing Day and enjoys being able to host a group of local students to tour our plant and learn about the manufacturing process,” said Bryan Derr, General Manager. “We hire talented employees from all over Hampton Roads and always look for students to take an interest in manufacturing career opportunities.”

Guidance counselors, teachers, School Board members and James City County staff accompanied the students on the tour. The tours concluded with a discussion and lunch at Legacy Hall. Each year during the discussion many students are in awe of the opportunities available in the local manufacturing sector. The local Manufacturing Day is coordinated annually by the County’s Office of Economic Development and WJCC Schools in conjunction with Glenn Marshall with Association for Manufacturing Excellence.

Oct. 6, 2017 was declared as Manufacturing Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia by Governor Terence R. McAuliffe. In the resolution, it states that Virginia is home to more than 6,250 manufacturing establishments and employs approximately 230,000 workers.

To learn more about Manufacturing Day, visit their website.  

Media Contact:

Amy Jordan, Economic Development Director

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