LIMA — For the fourth year, Cooper Tires participated in the National Association of Manufacturers’ and Manufacturing Institute’s Dream It. Do It. program that connects 10,000 students to Manufacturing Day events in October.
The interactive and hands-on events were created to improve the image of careers in manufacturing and strengthen the future workforce pipeline, according to a news release.
The program primarily targets eighth graders in communities where the company has major facilities in places like Findlay, Texarkana, Ark; and Tupelo, Miss.
“If we want students to consider careers in manufacturing, we need to show them firsthand how exciting and technology-driven today’s manufacturing environment is,” said John Bollman, Cooper’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “To effectively reach students, nothing beats Cooper’s Manufacturing Experience, which gives them an opportunity to see, touch and try equipment and talk directly with people who are part of the everyday working world here at Cooper.”