McDowell Honors Manufacturers With Official Proclamation

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November 07, 2017

Manufacturing Awareness Open House to be Held on November 13

Mayor Proclaims November to be Manufacturing Month for McDowell County

The McDowell County Commissioners and Marion Mayor Steve Little drafted an official proclamation declaring November as the Manufacturing Month in McDowell County. 

As part of the ongoing celebration of Manufacturing Day 2017, the McDowell Workforce Pipeline Committee will sponsor a Manufacturing Awareness Open House at the Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center, 634 College Drive on the campus of McDowell Technical Community College, on Monday, November 13 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.  

This event is part of an effort to change people's perceptions about today's manufacturing environment and to draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.

Planned activities include tours of the programs offered at McDowell Technical Community College, such as Industrial Maintenance, Machining Technology, Welding and HVAC.  Attendees will be able to speak to students, both past and present, as well as representatives of local manufacturing companies.

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event designed to showcase manufacturing technology and careers.  Manufacturing is especially important in the City of Marion and McDowell County, as McDowell County ranks among the top five counties in North Carolina for the highest percentage of the workforce employed in manufacturing. 

Marion and McDowell County have numerous great manufacturers, who collectively have hundreds of jobs available.  This availability of positions, along with the fact that McDowell County has the 9th lowest unemployment rate among North Carolina's 100 counties, at 4.0 percent, creates excellent opportunities for people in Marion and McDowell County to find a job closer to home or for people to move to our community for a great job and to enjoy the wonderful quality of life that Western North Carolina offers.

In recognition of this event and the important of manufacturing in Marion and McDowell County, Marion Mayor Steve Little and McDowell County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Walker will each issue proclamations honoring November 2017 as manufacturing month in the City of Marion and McDowell County.

"There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology," said Jerry Broome with the Workforce Pipeline Committee and the Region C Workforce Development Board.  "The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020, there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced."


More information on Manufacturing Day is available at  

To learn more about the numerous job opportunities in Marion and McDowell County, please visit the NC Works Career Center at 316 Baldwin Avenue or call (828) 659-6001.

Stephen Little, Mayor
(828) 652-3551



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