SHEFFIELD, Iowa – Sukup Manufacturing Co. will welcome more than 250 students from area high schools on Friday, October 6, as part the National Association of Manufacturing’s (NAM) “Manufacturing Day” event. North Iowa Area Community College has partnered with the company to plan its Manufacturing Day celebration, and this year marks Sukup’s fourth year as a participant.
Students participating in Manufacturing Day will get up close to manufacturing operations at Sukup. They will tour the over 822,000 square feet of office and production space, have the opportunity to try a welding simulator, learn about a variety of aspects of the manufacturing process, and interact with leaders in various facets of the company. Students will also learn about the lifecycle of a manufacturing project and completing a metal sign bearing the name of their school. They will also have the opportunity to select an area of interest to them and have lunch with a Sukup employee in that area.
“Manufacturers around the nation have a great need for skilled workers, and Sukup is no exception,” said Mary Amsbaugh, a Human Resources representative from the company. “What we hope to accomplish by exposing these young people to the Sukup Manufacturing facility is to demonstrate the wide array of careers in manufacturing. The time to develop the talent pipeline for future employees is while they are students.”
“We also hope this experience will help students understand that the perception of manufacturing jobs is changing,” added Emily Schmitt, Sukup Manufacturing Corporate Counsel. “The high tech opportunities we have available at Sukup require advanced skills and training, are extremely valued at our company, and pay competitive wages and benefits. With an increased emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), manufacturing is a great field to apply those skills, and we hope to communicate to students that it’s an option they should consider when thinking ahead to their careers.”
The company’s Manufacturing Day events are only open to invited students.
Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest family-owned and operated grain storage, drying and handling equipment manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa, and covers 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, manufacturing and warehouse space. The company employs over 600 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business.
Sukup’s product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports. Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings.
Sukup has six distribution centers located throughout the Midwest. Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in over 80 foreign countries.
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. It’s annual Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing and is always held the first Friday in October. The purpose of the Day is to highlight issues relevant to manufacturers, including workforce issues and the changing public image of manufacturing.