October is upon us and that means it is Manufacturing Month! Manufacturing Month provides an opportunity for local and national manufacturers alike to highlight the importance of manufacturing in our communities and what they, our local manufacturers provide for Buchanan County. The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) wants to help the people, Manufacturers and the employees of Buchanan County to celebrate the month the best we can during COVID-19 restrictions. COVID-19 has created a new landscape, but even dealing with the restrictions and difficulties that COVID-19 has presented, BCEDC has created several opportunities to celebrate Manufacturing in Buchanan County and beyond.
The first opportunity is open to community members and provides the opportunity to see how manufacturing works right here in Buchanan County. Geater Machining and Manufacturing and QC Plastics agreed are partnering with Buchanan County Economic Development to provide two in person tours of their facilities. All tours will follow social distancing guidelines and mask will be required. To sign up, simply click the link and add your name and email address. You will receive a confirmation email from Buchanan County Economic Development for your date, time and manufacturer.
Wednesday, October 28th, 4 PM sign up HERE
Geater tours will be limited to 20 people per tour and will follow social distancing guidelines. Guidelines to tour Geater will include: Closed toe shoes, drivers license or picture ID, and mask. Safety glasses will be provided and no pictures will be allowed inside the plant.
Geater Machining and Manufacturing is the largest manufacturer in Buchanan County and was established in 1962. Geater serves the aerospace, electronics and high-tech industries. Geater has branched out to include a student outreach program to help educate students throughout Buchanan County about manufacturing and the possibilities that are out there in advanced manufacturing.
QC Plastics Tour Sign Up:
Wednesday, October 28th, 3 PM sign up HERE
QC Plastics began in 1972 with the goal of providing both a superior customer experience and create quality products. In 2016 new owners David and Samantha continued that commitment. QC Plastics did an amazing job of ‘pivoting’ when COVID-19 hit by producing face shields and other items along with their other products.
If you can’t make a manufacturing tour, be sure to attend one of our two Webinars specifically for Manufacturing Month.
Then on Thursday, OCTOBER 22nd from 11:45 am – 12-45 pm we will have our Lunch and Learn Webinar – Restoring Revenue – Click HERE for more information and to sign up.