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Manufacturing Day 2020 - A Year to Remember




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November 1, 2020                                                         Info@WylieEDC.com at 972-442-7901


Manufacturing Day 2020 - A Year to Remember

Wylie, Texas – November 1, 2020.   In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2020, The Wylie Economic Development Corporation (Wylie EDC), in cooperation with local businesses and community partners completed a month-long series of activities and programs designed to connect local manufacturers with students, business and community.  Manufacturing Day is a national program with local implementation specifically targeted at raising awareness for the rapid, high tech growth of the manufacturing sector and the tremendous opportunities that will be available for local students.

Beginning with Proclamations from both State and City governments proclaiming October 2, 2020 as Manufacturing Day, programs were implemented in accordance with the safety guidelines for COVID-19.  Virtual tours were produced in close cooperation with the Wylie ISD’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program allowing students to learn about the career opportunities and requirements for 7 local manufacturers in varying manufacturing sectors.  From engineering, welding, business management, culinary arts, construction technologies and much more, students learned about the skills needed for jobs of the future.  “We are trying to introduce students to the potential job opportunities that exist right here in our community,"  stated Jason Greiner, Executive Director of Wylie EDC.  "We hope that the partnership between the WISD and local industry can better prepare the students to be workforce ready upon graduation." According to Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, manufacturers in the United States will be faced with the challenge of filling 4.6 million jobs by 2028. More than half of those jobs could be left unfilled because of two issues: a skills gap and misperceptions about modern manufacturing. Manufacturing Day educational programs are designed to help bridge the gap between employers and tomorrow’s workforce. The Wylie EDC and Chamber both partner with the Wylie ISD, Collin College and Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas to work with local area businesses to help them ‘skill up' their existing workforce by providing career advancement opportunities.

On October 27th, the Wylie Chamber of Commerce and Wylie EDC hosted its 2nd Annual Manufacturers Luncheon as a lunchtime webinar and honored Raymond Cooper as the recipient of the 2020 Legacy Manufacturer Award.  The recipient of this award exemplifies entrepreneurship and leadership within the Wylie Business Community.  “Raymond Cooper is often referred to as Mr. Wylie, and for good reason.  He operated one of the first industrial businesses in Wylie and built the first industrial park in Wylie.  Beyond his own business, he was instrumental in establishing the Wylie EDC and Chamber of Commerce to ensure healthy, robust growth in Wylie’s business community,” explained Mayor Eric Hogue.  “Today, Raymond is most known as the namesake for Cooper Jr. High and the driving force behind the Wylie Christian Care Center,” he added.

Virtual Tours for Wylie ISD Students:

Second Annual Legacy MFG Award:

About the Wylie Economic Development Corporation

The Wylie Economic Development Corporation (Wylie EDC) is funded through a citywide half-cent sales tax that is funded by over 220,000 local area residents.  The Wylie EDC facilitates corporate relocations, local expansions of existing businesses, retail/commercial development and revitalization projects.  The WEDC facilitates the creation of new jobs and generates additional tax revenue to the community.

For more information and to view the virtual tours and award presentations, visit www.WylieEDC.com.

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