GRCC’s Successful Manufacturing Career Day Returns for a Second Year - Event Links Employers to Prospective Workers, Provides Training Information

October 1, 2012, GRAND RAPIDS, MI - More than twenty-eight West Michigan employers – looking for skilled workers in the manufacturing field – will converge on the Grand Rapids Community College campus  for the second annual Manufacturing Career Day on October 15, 2012.

The event will be held from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at GRCC’s Wisner-Bottrall  Advanced Technology Center (ATC) and is open to students and individuals from the community interested in a manufacturing job and career.

 “We will be taking over the entire ATC facility – that’s the magnitude of this event and is indicative of the interest from employers in our community and their need for skilled workers,” said John Doneth, head of GRCC’s Manufacturing Department.  “Attendees should come dressed for an interview and should bring their resumes with them - it is a great opportunity to connect employers with prospective, interested workers.”

According to Doneth, event attendees will have the chance to meet with prospective employers, discuss careers in modern manufacturing, learn about employment at specific companies, and meet with GRCC professors who will be on hand to discuss degrees and certifications available in the manufacturing field

Companies scheduled for this year’s Career Manufacturing Day include:

  • Alliance CNC
  • Amway
  • Autodie
  • Bradford Company
  • Buhler Prince
  • Custom Profile
  • Dematic
  • DeWys Manufacturing
  • Enterprise Tool and Die
  • Gentex
  • Grand Rapids Plastics
  • GR Spring and Stamping
  • GRW Technologies, Inc.
  • Haworth
  • Herman Miller
  • ITW Drawform
  • JR Automation
  • Lacks
  • Metal Flow
  • Nu-Wool
  • Padnos
  • Paragon Die and Engineering
  • Pridgeon and Clay
  • RoMan Engineering Services
  • Royal Technologies
  • Siemens Corporation
  • Trans-Matic
  • Uniform Color


“Last year’s face-to-face connection on Manufacturing Career Day proved to be extremely valuable for everyone in attendance.  It provided a realistic glimpse of what types of jobs are available, and the training and education necessary for those jobs,” said Doneth, noting that last year’s attendance surpassed their anticipated projections “in a big way.

Doneth attributes the number, and diversity of interested employers for this year’s fair, to the continued growth in the manufacturing job sector.  “Our entire manufacturing team is looking forward to another successful event,” he said.   For more information call 234-3670 or visit

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.