The Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) LaVergne and Warren County Truck Bus Radial (TBR) Plants hosted events as part of Manufacturing Day on October 5. Manufacturing Day was established in an effort to change perceptions about today's manufacturing environment and draw attention to the opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.
The LaVergne Plant hosted a tour and a discussion about future technical job needs for the manufacturing industry for 22 of Rutherford County Schools' administrators. Additionally, Fran Jones, Manufacturing Employee Training and Development, chaired a Rutherford Works Manufacturing Council meeting at Oakland High School. The meeting hosted 50 individuals and showcased a video featuring LaVergne employees.
More than 35 students from Warren County High School, Motlow State Community College and TCAT McMinnville toured the Warren County Plant. The students, who are studying Mechatronics, Welding and Industrial Maintenance, learned more about career paths available in Warren County.
"I am thrilled the chamber recognized Manufacturing Day this year in Warren County," said Tamara Martensen, Warren Plant Manager. "The manufacturing companies toured, including Bridgestone, are working to ensure we create a solid future for our employees and their families. Manufacturing Day is an extremely important event, as it helps us expose students at different stages of their education to the opportunities that exist in our industries, hopefully inspiring the future generations of manufacturing employees."
First held in 2012, Manufacturing Day gives manufacturers the opportunity to address the skills gaps they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole. Learn more about Manufacturing Day and the significant impact this event has across the nation here.