Manufacturing & Trades DayEach year, NWILED, in partnership with Jo Daviess Carroll Career Technical Education Academy (CTEA), and Jo-Carroll Energy, hosts a manufacturing day type event. It is an occasion during which manufacturers, trades, and logistics companies open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and to foster interest in related careers. All high schools in Carroll and Jo Daviess Counties are invited to participate.
Annually, about 300 students attend this event and are exposed to a varied group of industries ranging from traditional manufacturing to transportation, healthcare, and energy. This regional event was last held on October 5, 2023. Helping facilitate the experience was 27 area businesses and agencies, including Signcraft Screenprint, Economic Growth Corporation - Shimer College Redevelopment, Zurn Elkay Water Solutions, Logistics Park Dubuque, Riverport Railroad, MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions: Metform, Adkins Energy, Citizens State Bank, Galena Area Chamber of Commerce, Jo Daviess County: Comprehensive Planning Committee, Origin Design, Business Employment Skills Team, International Union of Operating Engineers Local #150, Highland Community College, Nicor Gas, Arrow Solar, Galena Roasters, MSA Professional Services, Hirschbach, Forster Products, Guy's Truck & Tractor, Midwest Medical Center, United States Penitentiary Thomson, and Prairie Ridge of Galena.
NWILED's next Manufacturing & Trades Day event is tentatively scheduled for fall 2024.