LAPORTE | The public will get a chance to see for themselves that manufacturing is not dead.
In fact, they might be surprised at just how far manufacturing has advanced.
An event called "Made in LaPorte County" is being organized by the economic development corporations from Michigan City and LaPorte.
The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium. Admission is free.
"This event will truly illustrate that manufacturing is alive and growing here in La Porte County," said LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo.
"It’s often not the manufacturing that we remember. It’s technical, innovative, cutting-edge industries,” she said.
More than 50 manufacturing firms such as Aero Metals and Alcoa-Howmet in LaPorte and Sullair in Michigan City will showcase a wide variety of products manufactured, assembled or distributed in LaPorte County.
"Products big and small will be on display," said Bert Cook, executive director of the Greater LaPorte Economic Development Corp.
High school and college students can also use the event as an opportunity to learn more about the local industries along with career opportunities and the skills needed to fill those positions.
Cook said schools from LaPorte, Michigan City along with students from South Central, New Prairie and other local areas will be transported to the event.
He said the main objective is to give students an idea of the careers available locally to help them decide the type of job they might want to pursue after graduating.
Company representatives will also be on hand to provide answers to questions.
“This event is so critical for our students to be introduced to our companies and learn what types of education and training they would need to pursue a career with one of them,” said Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer.
Cook said it's the sixth annual Made in LaPorte County showcase and Michigan City and LaPorte rotate hosting the event each year.