Manufacturing supports more than 18.5 million U.S. jobs, and hundreds of those jobs exist in the Illinois Valley area. This month, Carus Corporation is joining manufacturers across the country in helping kids explore a wide array of career opportunities.
The first Friday of each October is Manufacturing Day, the kick-off to a month of outreach activities involving companies across the country aimed at introducing young people to the many jobs associated with manufacturing.
“Every year, students are fascinated to learn about all the ways people make a living in manufacturing, at Carus and at other local businesses. We employ chemists and engineers, mechanics and electricians, as well as professionals in finance, sales, marketing, safety, information technology,” said Ralph Moshage, Engineering Manager for Carus.
Moshage also serves as Co-chair of the North Central Regional Betterment Coalition’s Manufacturing Career Expo. The event, which takes place at Illinois Valley Community College October 27, brings together 300 local high school students to tour local manufacturing facilities, meet industry professionals, and learn what they need to study now to pursue rewarding careers in the future. Carus has been a sponsor and participant since the Expo’s first year, in 2013.
But before opening their plant to students for the Expo, Carus volunteers are bringing hands-on science mini-lessons to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry October 13-14. A long-time member of the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI), Carus participates annually in the CICI Careers Conference, which introduces thousands of Chicago-area students to careers in chemistry.
“This is an opportunity for us to promote the science behind manufacturing, and to attract young talent to the Illinois Valley. Every product we make for water treatment or air purification begins in our lab, and for a young person interested in Chemistry, a career with Carus may be a perfect fit,” said Human Resources Generalist Phil Taylor.
In the bustle of October outreach activity at Carus, you could consider National Chemistry Week the grand finale. Carus volunteers take their show on the road, visiting middle schools throughout the area with demonstrations, and getting young people excited to learn.
“That’s really what all of this is about,” said Taylor, “building a young person’s enthusiasm for their future, for learning, and for the great job opportunities that exist all around them.”
Founded in LaSalle, Illinois in 1915, Carus produces and supplies specialty chemistries, technologies, and services for water treatment, soil remediation, and air purification. Carus is a member of the American Chemistry Council and actively participates in the industry’s award-winning Responsible Care® initiative, sharing a common commitment to improve environmental, health, safety, and security performance.
Below, students gear up for a Carus plant tour during the 2015 Manufacturing Expo