Lake City Youth Tour Local Manufacturers

As part of Minnesota Manufacturing Month, the Lake City Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development, Inc., and the Lake City Port Authority organized student tours of four Lake City facilities on October 19th, 2022.
Over 30 students from Lake City’s Lincoln High School got to see what life is like on the job at Ardent Mills, Hearth and Home Technologies, Acrotech, and Valley Craft. They were greeted with presentations, in-depth tours, and even goodies such as baseball hats and water bottles by the Lake City employers.
“We believe it is so important for local youth to see the opportunities that exist at our incredible local manufacturers. Lake City boasts such an array of modern facilities that offer a variety of great careers: from jobs on the floor, to IT, to supply chain, to management positions,” Chamber director Ed Hoffman said. “It was such a treat to see engaged youth taking it all in and asking great questions. We want to sincerely thank the businesses who took time out of their busy schedules to partner with us to make this happen. We also wish to thank the administration at Lincoln High School, as well as educators Austen Poss and Nikki Flaaen, for their leadership and assistance.” 
The students had transportation to each of the hour-long tours via the Bus is on Us grant that The Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence awarded the Chamber.
Manufacturing Month activities continue this week with an appreciation luncheon at Port 104 on Thursday, October 27th. Bob Kill, President and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota, will be the keynote speaker at the event, with the presentation, “The State of Manufacturing”. The luncheon will also include a presentation from Minnesota State College Southeast, and welcoming remarks from Lake City Mayor Mark Nichols.  

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