Greater Lafayette Commerce says the region’s first "Manufacturing Week" event will spotlight opportunities and growth in the industry. The four-day event, which begins later this month, will include tours of companies throughout the eight-county region.
Manufacturing Week is set for Tuesday, September 29 through Friday, October 2. The Manufacturing Expo at the National Guard Armory in Lafayette is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30. Organizers say classes with students from 8th through 10th grades can take day-time field trips to the expo, and junior and senior high school students can take part in industry tours.
Greater Lafayette Commerce is organizing the events in partnership with local economic development organizations. The region includes Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White Counties. Greater Lafayette Commerce Workforce Development Program Manager Kara Webb says she is now signing up manufacturers to participate and scheduling classes for field trips.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski says the event will help students learn that their love of technology is a "much-needed skill in the industry."
Greater Lafayette Commerce Chief Executive Officer Scott Walker says the Indiana Business Review Labor Forecast reports the average weekly wage in manufacturing in the state in 2014 was $1,285.