In all, 10 schools planned visits Friday, with about 200 expected students, Erbaugh said. And other events are scheduled later in October, involving about 50 students, she said.
FC Industries and Chemineer in Dayton registered events with the National Association of Manufacturers, the only two local events registered by the national organization.
Students from the Ohio-Hi Point Career Center and Lima Senior High School joined Honda’s Anna engine plant in a virtual event, the automaker said.
Honda employee Rachel Lavrich cuts a gear in a cut-off saw during a Manufacturing Day presentation at the Russells Point transmission plant in Ohio. Honda image
In its event, Honda’s Jessica Plessinger, from the automaker’s die cast department in Anna, said she got her first job with Honda while attending Edison State Community College in Piqua. Robots are part of the environment in her department, leaving employees free to focus on quality control and “more ergonomically correct jobs,” she said.
“I absolutely love my job here,” Plessinger told listening students.
Honda doesn’t expect new employees to walk in as experts on their jobs, another Honda employee said. The automaker is willing to train and teach.
“If you show that you are trainable, the options are endless,” said Derek Gaerke, a Honda technician.
Honda has more than 13,000 Ohio employees.
In the last pre-pandemic Manufacturing Day, in October 2019, some 275,000 people participated in about 3,000 “MFG Day” events across North America. Some 50 Dayton employers participated that year, along with nearly 220 Ohio companies.
Dayton was an early supporter of the Manufacturing Day concept.
In the first national Manufacturing Day observed in Dayton, in 2012, there were 10 company open houses attended by 150 students — which Erbaugh called “a small first go.”
But that “small first go” got bigger quickly.
By 2017, the Dayton-area had 64 open houses attended by more than 3,600 area students from 60 schools and 10 home-school groups.