HONESDALE—In recognition of the numerous ways the manufacturing industry affects the area, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners declared next Friday, October 6, to be Manufacturing Day.
Receiving the commissioners' proclamation were Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance (WPWA) Director of Program Development Cheryl Duquette and Membership Services Coordinator Ellen Korb.
To celebrate the day, WPWA, the Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO), the Chamber of the Northern Poconos and the county's Wayne Tomorrow initiative have teamed up to present an all-day bus tour showcase some of the county's manufacturing centers.
On Friday, October 6, the bus will depart the Wayne County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. leaden with students, administrators, educators and counselors from three districts, community members and state and local government officials.
Speaking to the tour's merits, Duquette stated, “It really impresses upon the need for STEM skills and manufacturing skills to be visible to spark the students to want to go into manufacturing, to see how entities within our own county flourish.”
She added the tour's aim is to “... be inspirational and spark interest in all of those who will be on the bus tour.”
The tour stops at the Human Resources Center in Beech Lake, Boyce Products in Damascus, and Moka Origins in the Himalayan Institute before stopping for lunch at Tick Tocks in Honesdale.
After lunch, the bus travels out to the Sutphen East plant in the Hamlin Business and Industrial Park before coming back to Honesdale to visit Quality Printing & Design, and Here & Now Brewing Company.
Duquette mentioned WPWA is working on formulating a website featuring videos of each of the manufacturers on the tour and others they've featured in the past.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Brian Smith lauded the efforts, stating, “I do think that it's important that we visit these different entities in our county, help get word around, particularly to our students … I think it does spawn thought and inspiration and helps these younger entrepreneurs who wanna go into business and pick up the reins and do that very thing.”
Commissioner Wendell Kay added that he too is glad to see the tour expanded to include children in the event.
“We all know on a personal basis, we've learned a lot taking these tours over the years … now to have our students join us along with people that are active in the business world and the business community, I think it's a nice synergy and gives us all an opportunity to learn from each other.”
Commissioner Joseph Adams attested to the benefit to be found in the diversity of business on the tour, especially in showing both the students and legislators what Wayne County is capable of producing.
“It's great that we're involving the schools to allow people to recognize that there are lots of opportunities in Wayne County for manufacturing and lots of opportunities for employment to be able to stay here.”