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Students to Get Career-Aware of Local Job Market

Students from five area high schools will get a first-hand look at fascinating products made in Door County and explore career opportunities in manufacturing during a special Manufacturing Month event Thursday, Oct. 12.

Approximately 400 students from Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol, Gibraltar, Southern Door and Algoma will tour the following Door County manufacturing businesses: Marine Travelift, ExacTech, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, N.E.W. Industries, Therma-Tron-X, Hatco, Pro Products, Midwest Wire Products, Renard’s Artisan Cheese, Itasca Automation Systems, Door County Candle Company and Door County Coffee. 

The tours are coordinated by the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), in partnership with the participating schools and businesses, and the Door County Manufacturers Association.

“This is an exciting career-awareness event for the students and a great opportunity for Door County manufacturers to share their stories and connect with the future workforce,” said DCEDC Marketing and Communications Director Korey Mallien. “Students will learn about a lot of cool products that are made in Door County, as well as the wide-range of job opportunities in our county’s vibrant and diverse manufacturing sector. Some of the companies currently offer student opportunities through youth apprenticeships and part-time or summer employment.”

The tours are part of a Manufacturing Month awareness campaign that DCEDC staff is working on to highlight the importance of manufacturing in Door County. There are 60 manufacturing businesses in Door County that employed more than 2,100 people and contributed $300 million to the peninsula’s gross domestic product in 2022, according to the latest figures from JobsEQ.