National Manufacturing Day activities continue throughout the month of October to teach the world about advanced manufacturing first-hand. BIO member Novozymes and a number of other producers from the biofuel industry recently completed several events to educate students, teachers and business leaders in their local communities about the careers and local economic impact of advanced manufacturing.
From chemical engineers to scientists, project managers to operators, each plant offers a wide variety of highly-skilled, good-paying careers for workers in their community. These jobs cannot be outsourced and represent the entire value chain of biofuel production — from collection of biomass, to production of enzymes, to fermentation of fuel, to distribution. More than 200 biorefining plants across the U.S. currently support 850,000 jobs and $184 billion in economic impact as the move towards clean energy marches on.
Some recent completed activities include the following:
- Novozymes’ Regional Headquarters in Franklinton, NC posted videos from several of its production employees at work along with industry statistics on the U.S. jobs and economic impact of the industry. Follow the posts starting here: https://twitter.com/NovozymesNA/status/913952230222581761. The facility also hosted students from the Franklin County Early College High School for a plant tour and presentation about biotechnology.
Four production workers from the plant also staffed a booth at the Vance-Granville Community College Manufacturing Day Career Fair talking jobs and careers with students.
- Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company hosted a tour for students from a local school and separately hosted a meeting with their State Representative to educate about their manufacturing operations.
- Novozymes’ manufacturing plant in Blair, Nebraska submitted a letter to the editor of the Omaha World Herald from its General Manager to highlight the growing high-skill jobs gap in manufacturing.
- Siouxland Ethanol spoke at the Tri-State Governors’ Conference on Sept. 26 in Sioux City, IA and made a presentation about the biofuel industry. Siouxland also adopted a 5th grade class at Harney Elementary in South Sioux City for career exploration and made a presentation to their class on Oct. 10. They will also host them for a tour of the plant in early November. In addition, welding students from Northeast Community College in South Sioux City toured the plant on Monday, Oct. 2.
- Novozymes’ manufacturing plant in Milwaukee hosted a site tour and presentation for students from the Carmen School of Science and Technology High School on Oct 10.
- Calgren Renewable Fuels in Pixley, CA hosted business students from Mission Oaks High School for a visit and tour of their facility.