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Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation is teaming up with Wilco Machine & Fab and Duncan Public Schools to celebrate Manufacturing Day today.
Wilco’s celebration will feature tours at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at its location at 1326 S. Broadway in Marlow. The company’s celebration isn’t just in honor of Manufacturing Day, but for its founders’ 40th anniversary in the business. The Boles family is celebrating four decades in the business, and this is also Wilco’s 20th year.
“Wilco is having a huge celebration,” Jeannie Bowden with DAEDF said. “They’re having some internal celebration. But they will be giving tours.”
Groups of five or more wanting a tour will have to register at www.mfgday.com. Bowden said Wilco has been a major employer and an important manufacturing for Stephens County. The company has 240 full-time and 52 contract employees.
In addition to the tours at Wilco, Bowden said DAEDF is also teaming up with Duncan Public Schools.
“There will be manufacturers participating in the eighth-grade classrooms,” she said. “We want to have time with each of those classrooms.”
The manufacturers will be on the Duncan Middle School campus from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Bowden said. The goal of this visit is to help students better understand how what they’re learning in the classroom ties into careers in manufacturing.
The connection between classroom work and career is one things Duncan Public Schools has tried to do through the Career Pathways program.
Bowden said manufacturing is a sizable area for the students to be exposed to because it has a large impact on Stephens County.
“Manufacturing is a pretty big industry in our community,” Bowden said.