"Explore the New Manufacturing" program gets kids interested in the growing industry

WEIRTON, W. Va. (WTRF) - Experts say the manufacturing industry is growing: Companies are looking to fill tons of positions they have available. Now, a statewide organization is trying to get the youth interested.

West Virginia Manufacturers Association Education Fund hosted a manufacturing workshop for kids on the campus of West Virginia Northern at their Weirton location Friday. 

It's all part of their program "Explore the New Manufacturing." 

About 65 seventh and eighth grade students from Oak Glen, Brooke and St. Joseph middle schools took to the classrooms for a series of hands on  learning activities about manufacturing. 

A few local manufacturing companies led the demonstrations. Homer Laughlin China, Ergon, Eagle Manufacturing and ArcelorMittal Steel all joined. 

Organizers tell 7News many companies are moving towards the technological future. Many job positions are being replaced by robotics and machinery but the need for a person to operate and trouble shoot that machinery will always be there. 







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