and fill the skills gap in manufacturing. One local, small business is not waiting, but proactively bringing middle school and high school students into their rotary broach manufacturing facility to show them the careers that are available, and give them early experiences in the industry. On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, Polygon Solutions will present some of those students with awards from their recent engineering competition.
|LVIP Students at Paver Motorcycle
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andcustom motorcycle shop, and finally a manufacturing and engineering design contest. During the contest, the students were encouraged to use what they had just learned about manufacturing, and apply it the problem. This is the second year Polygon Solutions has hosted the competition, and the third year they have participated in Manufacturing Day. “There’s a tremendous amount of support for manufacturers right now,” says Peter Bagwell, a product engineer at Polygon Solutions. “We usually think of Southwest Florida for its tourism, but there are many manufacturers here. In fact, the State of Florida is one of the biggest supporters of the national Manufacturing Day event. Our local Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association and innovative members like Paver Motorcycles are really interested in helping students see that they can get good, high tech jobs without leaving the region.”
|LVIP Students in the Shop
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pens during the event, which had hidden USB sticks loaded with manufacturing videos and other content. “When I was younger and involved with engineering and drafting contests in school, it really made me think a lot about my career,” says Bagwell. “The Lee Virtual School is an incredibly innovative venture and I’m really hoping that by working together we can bring some of the same inspiration to local students.”
For more information on Polygon Solutions Inc. visit www.polygonsolutions.com, or contact Peter Bagwell, product engineer at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on FLATE’s statewide national manufacturing day in Florida initiative visit http://madeinflorida.org/manufacturing-day, or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at email@example.com.
The State of Florida has the third largest population in country, with an official 2020 estimate of 21.5 million persons and approximately 58% of the population is in the civilian labor force (12,600,000).