Tunnel Business Magazine

FEB 2018

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TUNNELINGONLINE.COM TBM: TUNNEL BUSINESS MAGAZINE // FEBRUARY 2018 Akkerman Hosts Local School Districts to Promote Manufacturing Careers Akkerman opened its doors Dec. 21 to high school students from LeRoy-Ostrander, Southland and Kingsland school districts in sou ota for tours of the Akker- man manufacturing facilities. The purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity to learn more about mod- ern manufacturing processes to inspire fu- ture generations to consider manufactur- ing careers. The event was held in the spirit ek and y, initiatives which occur in October. After a brief presentation and overview by Justin Akkerman, operations manager, the 70 students were divided into small groups and guided through the plant, high- lighting all facets of the production process from engineering to finished assemblies. The tours concluded with lunch where Ak- kerman staff members representing vari- ous manufacturing career paths mingled with students for conversation about their professions. "I believe that it's our responsibility [as a local manufacturer] to do our part to ad- dress the shortage of talent in manufactur- ing careers that currently exists," Akker- man said. "The students were engaged and asked lots of great q y students reported that the most interesting stop on the tour was of an 84-in. mixed ground cut- ter head in the welding department which will be used on a microtunneling sanitary sewer project in Ohio." 1 1 B U S I N E S S B R I E F S

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