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Open houses promote Manufacturing Awareness Week

20 September 2014

By Lacey Hampton, Enquirer Journal

Local businesses will be offering open houses, tours and networking opportunities during Manufacturing Awareness Week, which runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

The purpose of the event is to help educate the public about the different manufacturing businesses in the area and the opportunities they provide.

Registration is required for the event’s activities and a special showcase event will be held at South Piedmont Community College on Oct. 2.

The reasoning behind hosting a Manufacturing Awareness Week is really twofold, Pat Kahle, president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, said.

“One is to increase awareness in the general community of the benefits of manufacturing and having manufacturers based in Union County. The other is to focus on students who are at the point of considering what choices will be in the future,” she said.

It’s also to help parents and educators understand that today’s manufacturing is a lot different than what it was in the past. Today manufacturing jobs are a lot more clean and high tech. The goal is also to increase their awareness so that when young people come to them and talk about alternative opportunities to college, they are open to at least considering it, she said.

Businesses participating in the Manufacturing Awareness Week and which will be hosting open houses and tours are Greiner Bio-One, Goulston Technologies, Inc., QEMS and Safran Turbomeca, according to the Make It in Union County website.

They are hoping to attract as many people to the event as possible. More information about the Manufacturing Awareness Week and how to register for the different activities can be found on the Make It in Union County website at, Kahle said.

To help attract people to the week’s activities, the Union County Chamber of Commerce, Union County Public Schools (UCPS), South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) and Monroe Union County Economic Development have combined efforts to get the word out. They have begun a social medial campaign using Facebook and other social media websites as well as have started hosting contests for students in the different Union County Schools in connection with Manufacturing Awareness Week. Depending on how many students from their school attend, schools can win a cash reward. Students participating in the week’s activities have also been given the opportunity to win an iPad. People have already begun registering. She encourages anyone interested to register and attend. As of Thursday afternoon, a registration deadline had not been set but she encourages people to register by Sept. 26, which is the Friday before the Manufacturing Awareness Week begins, Kahle said.

Manufacturing Awareness Week Schedule (Additional information on

Sept. 30

Greiner Bio-One open house and tour, 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Goulston Technologies, Inc. open house and tour, 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Oct. 1

QEMS open house and tour, 4 p.m.- 5 p.m.

QEMS open house and tour, 5 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Safran Turbomeca open house and tour, 4 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Safran Turbomeca open house and tour, 5 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Safran Turbomeca open house and tour, 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Oct. 2

Manufacturing Awareness Exhibit at South Piedmont Community College (SPCC), 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.

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