The local manufacturers who are also members of the La Junta Chamber of Commerce from the La Junta Industrial Park (Oliver Manufacturing, Lewis Bolt & Nut, DeBourgh Manufacturing, and Falcon Industries) joined forces with City of La Junta and La Junta Economic Development, the STEM program at Otero Junior College and The Colorado Workforce Center office to schedule a tour by area students to the La Junta Industrial Park.
This week Lewis Bolt & Nut Company hosted 8th grade manufacturing tours for six local schools including Las Animas, Swink, Rocky Ford, Wiley, Cheraw, and La Junta. Approximately 300 students toured the plant over three days. The students were shown the fundamentals of manufacturing and were able to see first- hand how the company turns raw steel bars into fasteners for the Railroad Industry in North America and around the world.
This unique three day event was a collaborative effort introducing the exciting and fast growing industry of manufacturing to middle school age children. It also show cased soft skills needed in the workplace, problem solving through a hands on activity and collaboration skills that are necessary in the “real world.”
DeBourgh Mfg. started their tours with an intro to DeBourgh, they’ve been around 105 years. Safety was stressed in the plant before the tours. They emphasized STEM in every aspect of production. Three stations were visited the Laser machine where Adam Torres, operator explained engineering the print, then programming the print into the machine and then operator runs the program to ensure it comes out correctly. Key chains were custom made and distributed to each visiting school. Two other stations visited throughout the tour were the Powder coating Department and Product Showroom.