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Polygon Solutions sponsors plant tour

Polygon Solutions Inc., Fort Myers, Fla., a rotary broaching tool manufacturer, will host an educational presentation and “Manufacturing Day” plant tour for students of Lee Virtual School and members of the Southwest Regional Manufacturing Association. This is the second year of the event, and the second year Polygon is participating. Polygon Solutions will host its event on Sept. 24, starting at 10 am. Winners of an engineering contest at the event will be announced on Manufacturing Day, to be held Oct. 4.

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Broaching tools from Polygon Solutions 

Manufacturing Day is a coordinated occasion during which U.S. manufacturers open their doors to demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.

Manufacturing environments, which include highly trained, well-paid employees who work on state-of-the-art equipment, are commonly thought of as antiquated factories designed for low-skilled workers, according to Peter Bagwell, a product engineer at Polygon Solutions. “Manufacturing Day addresses this misperception by giving all manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, exactly what manufacturing is—and what it isn’t,” he said. “Students of Lee Virtual School will get a firsthand look at Polygon’s operations and the real careers available in manufacturing.”

This change in perception is the first step in addressing one of the main challenges faced by manufacturers today — a gap in skilled labor, according to Bagwell. “By giving manufacturers an occasion to share what they do with their communities, Manufacturing Day provides manufacturers with an opportunity to connect directly with job seekers and students to showcase manufacturing careers and begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face.”

Polygon chose to partner with Lee Virtual School last year in as part of the Dream It! Do It! campaign promoted by the Manufacturer’s Association of Florida. This year, in addition to the tour, Polygon will provide a machining demonstration of a new product and sponsor an engineering contest. During last year’s tour, students helped design a rotary broach that was later sold to a customer in Maryland for $65.

Bagwell is excited about the event. “When I was in school, I was very fortunate to grow up in an area that had a lot of support from manufacturing,” he said. “It shaped my career and what I wanted to do when I grew up. So it’s important for me to do my part, and reach out to these kids with an experience that could become a really important part of their future.”

For more information about Manufacturing Day and other tours available, click here

For more information about Polygon Solution’s event, contact:
Peter Bagwell
Polygon Solutions Inc.
16770 Link Court, Suite 106
Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 628-4800
peter@polygonsolutions.com

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Peter Bagwell teaching at last year's Manufacturing Day presentation 


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