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80 Columbiana County sophomores take part in manufacturing event

From left, Bodie Morris from Crestview and Sydney Billy from United Local. Photo provided In Columbiana County, 80 high school sophomores participated in “Manufacturing Your Future” this month. The event was hosted by Columbiana County Career and Technical Center in Lisbon and organized by the county’s Educational Service Center. The sophomores were greeted by video message from U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta. The students also toured selected manufacturing plants in the county, including Butech Bliss on South Ellsworth Avenue in Salem, Compco on Georgetown Road in Salem and Humtown Additive on Cherry Fork Avenue in Leetonia. The students also toured the technical center’s precision machining, manufacturing, and welding and fabrication programs. “The event’s primary objective is to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist for young people in manufacturing, particularly the ones that aren’t college bound,” Rep. Johnson said. Among reshoring efforts, removing global supply chain issues, and high-tech industries like semiconductor, electric vehicle and microchip production moving into Ohio, “manufacturing has become part of our national strategy, and our workforce must be prepared and trained for emerging manufacturing jobs,” Johnson said. Sydney Billy from United Local and Bodie Morris from Crestview were among the youth attendees. Both are unsure about their future career paths, but agreed there are opportunities locally. “I went on this field trip to see if manufacturing is something I’d want to get into,” Billy said. “I’m at least a little interested in manufacturing, Morris said. “My father works in powder coating, so I know some of the places on the tour. He says there are some good places to work around here.” Additionally, the event included fun giveaways, refreshments, games and hands-on activities. CONNECT WITH US WEB SITE ► DAILY NEWS EMAIL ► FACEBOOK ► TWITTER ► YOUTUBE ► INSTAGRAM ►

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Daisie Hobson

Daisie Hobson is a Director at the Reshoring Institute and an engineer with many years of experience in manufacturing and project management.

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