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OUR STORY

Let's Try Something New

The Production and Manufacturing Institute began with a vision - to inspire young men and women to become inspired as they explore the thrill of careers in advanced manufacturing. We wanted to do something new to the area. 

We know that manufacturing is awesome. America was built on inventiveness, entrepreneurship, and a spirit driven by building things. Our ability to create sets us apart as a country, and many kids can succeed in careers where they can be inventive, productive, and do things with their hands. 

Unfortunately, we do not have enough programs to provide immersive experiences that allow kids to learn about these opportunities. We talk about advanced manufacturing, but until kids see and feel they can "do cool stuff," they'll never know what is possible. 

Doing Something Awesome

The Institute is built around the opportunity to expose high school kids to endless possibilities in the trades. We cannot make them better technicians in just 3 weeks. However, they will gain new skills as we teach them about functions related to the entire operation, from the customer through design, planning, production, quality, marketing, sales, distribution, and customer service. 

They also gain strengths in teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, hard work, and more. This life-changing opportunity allows us to let kids be kids as they dive in, get stuff done, and experience what it's like to be in a real work environment, making real products and having a real manufacturing experience. 

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Our Mission

  • Expose youth to careers in the trades.

  • Simulate real work experiences to help students explore careers

  • Help prepare youth for the workforce.

Our Values

HARD WORK

WORK HARD, PLAY HARD, DO YOUR PART, AND GET STUFF DONE (GSD).

PRESENCE

ARRIVE EARLY, WORK A FULL SHIFT, AND DO A GOOD JOB THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

TEACHABILITY

FEEDBACK IS A GIFT - IMPROVE EACH DAY AND CONTINUOUSLY IMPLEMENT CHANGE.

RESILIENCE

WORK IS HARD. LIFE IS HARD. STICK WITH IT WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH.

ADAPTABILITY

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. WORK THE PROBLEM, FIND THE SOLUTION, AND PIVOT.

TEAMWORK

THE ANSWER ALWAYS LIES IN THE TEAM. BE A CONTRIBUTING PART OF THE TEAM.

INQUIRY

ASK A BETTER QUESTION TO GET A BETTER ANSWER.

RESPECT

TREAT OTHERS BETTER THAN YOU EXPECT OR WANT TO BE TREATED.

PERSONAL LEADERSHIP

LIFE ISN’T FAIR. WE DON’T START THE SAME, BUT IT’S UP TO YOU TO DECIDE WHERE YOU GO.

PROFITABILITY

A BUSINESS THAT DOESN’T MAKE A PROFIT IS CALLED A HOBBY. WE’RE A BUSINESS.

QUALITY

HOW WE DO ANYTHING IS HOW WE DO EVERYTHING.

COMMITMENT

YOU REPRESENT US AS PART OF THE PROGRAM. DO YOUR PART.

ATTITUDE

DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND LOVE WHAT YOU DO.

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Download Our New Guide!

Check out our new booklet - "Experience Manufacturing." It outlines the Institute, its background, the program's impact, and how we plan to grow. This 28-page guide shares more details about where we've been and where we're going to help better prepare high school graduates for their future. 

What Is The Institute?

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