Manufacturing Day to take place Friday

Several Milwaukee-area manufacturers will open their doors on Friday in honor of Manufacturing Day, an annual celebration of manufacturing in North America.

Sussex-based Waukesha Metal Products, for instance, will host facility tours and presentations to community members, students and educators at their Sussex and Grafton facilities between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., with prescheduled times for local schools.

Students from Merton Intermediate School and North Lake Middle School are scheduled to visit the Sussex facility, while students from Port Washington High School and Grafton John Long Middle School will visit the Grafton facility.

The tours and presentations will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and feature the many rewarding, highly-skilled jobs available in the manufacturing industry.

Last month, Waukesha Metal Products was named the grand prize winner of the first-ever Manufacturing Day video contest.

For more information and to register online, visit the Sussex and Grafton event pages.  

The University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Manufacturing Diversity Institute will also celebrate Manufacturing Day by hosting an inaugural Innovation Café featuring speaker John Sibley Butler. He is the Gale Chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the Graduate School of Business and the director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Austin.

Click here for a complete listing of local Manufacturing Day events.

Meanwhile, Manufacturing Day’s media partner the Science Channel will air a week-long celebration of manufacturing with “How It’s Made” Week.

Starting today, the Science Channel will air more than 200 favorite episodes of “How It’s Made” and “How It’s Made: Dream Cars,” culminating in new episodes of the series on Friday at 9 p.m.

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