Delavan-Darien High School students in the technology education department visited Royal Basket Trucks in Darien, and Continental Plastic in Delavan, on Thursday, Oct. 5, as part of the national Manufacturing Day event.

IMAGE: DDHS Technology Students tour Royal Basket Trucks in Darien.

DDHS Technology Students tour Royal Basket Trucks in Darien. CLICK PIC for more images in our gallery.

DDHS students, along with their peers from across the country, visited manufacturing corporations and businesses to get an inside look at careers in the manufacturing industry.

The tours at Royal Baskets, a maker of material handling carts, wheeled trucks and containers, even provided some hands-on training for the students at several stations inside the Darien-based facility.

The 18 DDHS students, mostly juniors and seniors, also toured Continental Plastic, a Delavan company that makes plastic items for the livestock, veterinary, and food service industries.

Manufacturing Day, or MFG DAY, was officially celebrated on Friday, Oct. 6. It is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together with schools and students during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

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