Did you know there are more than 600 manufacturers in Dane County? Some of the products you use every day are made in your own community.
To promote manufacturing and its careers in Dane County, the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW), in partnership with Royle Printing, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove, and Saris, are hosting an open house series in April called How It’s Made In Dane.
“We are excited to connect our students and family members to allow them exposure into the advanced manufacturing facilities and career pathways available in the Madison area so that students may make more informed decisions about life after high school,” said Josh Fassl, Director at Dane County School Consortium.
“Royle Printing is proud to partner with the Made In Dane initiative that is being spearheaded through the Workforce Development Board and area businesses,” said Dawn Webber, Director of Human Resources at Royle Printing in Sun Prairie.
“Our desire is that guests attending our open house gain an understanding of our company, industry and the technical career opportunities that we have available,” Webber said. “We are extremely proud of our industry, team, company, technology and future. The need for printed material has not been replaced by the Internet…printed material complements the Internet by leading consumers to their websites. We hope you are able to spend time learning more about us and the future of print.”
Each facility will have staff available to give tours and answer questions about the products and available careers.
Upcoming open houses will be held from 4-6 p.m. and include the following manufacturers:
• Royle Printing, located at 745 S. Bird St., on Wednesday, April 3;
• Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove. located at 6061 Basswood Drive, Fitchburg, on Tuesday, April 9; and
• Saris, 5253 Verona Road, Fitchburg, on Thursday, April 11.
Attendees can pre-register for the tours at howitsmadeindane.eventbrite.com.
“We are excited to open our manufacturing facility up to the public to show students and parents alike the awesome career opportunities that exist within manufacturing,” said Danielle Petta, Director of Human Resources at Saris. “Not only are the products exciting to work on, the career paths are equally exciting, and lucrative.”
Open house attendees can also find out how to win a prize from the three companies by registering for one or more open houses.
Prizes include a Bones Trunk Rack for transporting bikes from Saris, a game and movie basket from Royle Printing and a Wolf gourmet product from Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove.
The How It’s Made In Dane open house series is part of the Manufacturing Works campaign for Dane County.
The campaign was created in 2018 in partnership with the Dane County School Consortium and the Madison Metropolitan School District to promote careers in manufacturing through posters, presentations to high school staff and facility tours.
The WDBSCW is a private 501©(3) nonprofit organization that collaborates with business and workforce in the Wisconsin counties of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette and Sauk with a mission to build public and private partnerships that support innovation and excellence in workforce development.