FOLEY, Alabama — Approximately 200 students from Foley and Robertsdale high schools got an opportunity to see the manufacturing industry up close, taking a tour of Foley’s Vulcan Inc.in …
FOLEY, Alabama — Approximately 200 students from Foley and Robertsdale high schools got an opportunity to see the manufacturing industry up close, taking a tour of Foley’s Vulcan Inc.in celebration of National Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 5.
This marks a rare and eye-opening day-long event for students from Foley and Robertsdale High Schools to witness, firsthand, the inner workings of a full-scale and established manufacturing facility with 265 employees. Planned activities ranged from employee-led tours of the 32-acre campus, to seeing the five manufacturing operating plants in action, to interactive simulations for students to try their hand at a host of manufacturing tasks.
This is the fourth year Vulcan Inc. has participated in the program, the first year allowing students from outside Foley High School to participate, with about 170 students from FHS and an additional 30 students from RHS participating in the event.
“We are the only manufacturing facility in Mobile or Baldwin County to participate in the program,” said Boston Sherrier, process engineer for Vulcan. “In the future we would like to be able to open the program up to students from throughout Baldwin County.”
By giving students a chance to see what job prospects may lie ahead, Vulcan Inc. is able to tap back into their strong community roots that helped propel them from their early days in 1935, as a small sign manufacturer in Birmingham.
“We are honored and excited to open our doors and let students see a glimpse of the many innovative options the manufacturing industry can offer in terms of possible career choices,” said Vulcan CEO Tommy Lee. “We hope that every student will get to experience something new and leave the event with a unique perspective of manufacturing and what role it plays in our everyday lives.”
Since opening their first shop, over 83 years ago, Vulcan Inc. has invested both in their technology and in their employees, who own the company, to grow into a multi-million dollar enterprise that manufacturers and supplies high-quality and durable aluminum products, for over a dozen industries and thousands of businesses across the country.
Several Vulcan employees participated in the tour throughout the plant’s manufacturing process. At the end of the tour, employees from the company’s human resources department were available to answer questions about possible future employment.
Submitted press release with additional reporting by Onlooker co-editor John Underwood.