10/10/2018 10:57:00 AM Stewie hosts Minnesota Manufacturing Week tours
J.D. Siemback, veneering manager at Halcon, left, speaks to Stewartville High School students, from left, senior Shawn Boyle, junior Tanner Lee and junior Mitchell Jay, who were part of a group of 34 SHS students who toured Halcon and McNeilus Steel of Dodge Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Halcon and GEOTEK of Stewartville were among 24 southeast Minnesota manufacturers that opened their doors to almost 350 high school and college students from 17 communities during Minnesota Manufacturing Week, Oct. 1-7.
Natalie Siderius, southeast region business development manager for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), right, presents a proclamation signed by Gov. Dayton to Ben Wiltsie, president and chief executive officer of GEOTEK of Stewartville, left, and to Stewartville Mayor Jimmie-John King. GEOTEK hosted tours of its company for Minnesota Manufacturing Week last week.
With the coming of October, students were the guests of honor during Minnesota Manufacturing Week. To celebrate the occasion in style, 34 Stewartville High School students toured Halcon, a local maker of high-end, high-quality furniture, and McNeilus Steel of Dodge Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Before the Halcon tour began, Mayor Jimmie-John King welcomed Stewartville's students to the company. "You're going to see an outstanding business," he said. "This is a worldwide business." Halcon offers good jobs and uses up-to-date technology to make its products, the mayor said. "They need workers," King told the students. "You guys will be entering the workforce soon." GEOTEK, another Stewartville manufacturer, gave tours to students from Rochester John Marshall High School on Tuesday, Oct. 2. GEOTEK, which makes cross arms for utility poles, ships its products across the country and the world... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Oct. 9 Stewartville STAR.