MFG DAY Logo[share] Great River Economic Development Foundation, John Wood Community College and the Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois will hold a press conference celebrating National Manufacturing Day this Friday, October 4, 2013, at 9:30am at Prince Agri Products’ facility located at 221 Prince Agri Way in the South Quincy Development District.

Megan Backs, Great River Economic Development Foundation; Dean Warras, Prince Agri Products; Jacqui Bevelheimer, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; Mike McLaughlin, Adams County Board; Mark Pfleiger, West Central Region & Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center; Blanche Shoup, Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois; and Dr. John Letts, John Wood Community College, will each make brief remarks. Mayor Kyle Moore will make an official proclamation recognizing October 4, 2013, as Manufacturing Day in the City of Quincy.

The premiere of the “Manufacturing Our Future” public service announcement (PSA) series will conclude the press conference. The television and radio commercials are aimed to close the gap between the perception held about manufacturing and the reality of the industry today, which operates in clean environments and has high-paying careers for people with the right skills.

The production of the PSAs was funded by a Perkins grant received by JWCC to promote careers in manufacturing. WGEM, KHQA, Star Radio, Y101 will air the announcements in support of the community effort to educate the public about the new world of manufacturing.

A Manufacturing Expo is also set for October 24 at JWCC’s Workforce Development Center in Quincy. The event will feature demonstrations and products made by the 100 manufacturers in the region.

A tour of Prince Agri Products’ state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will be available to those in attendance at the conclusion of the press conference (no cameras or recording devices allowed during the tour). A map with directions to the Prince Agri Products facility from Radio Road is attached.

A press packet including manufacturing statistics will be available at the press conference. For more information, contact Megan Backs at GREDF, 217.223.4313.

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