Phillips Manufacturing in Omaha was thrilled to host a group of 7th and 8th graders as part of Nebraska Manufacturing month on October 16th. Helping make the day an even more special occasion for the students was a welcome, greeting and Proclamation by Nebraska Lt. Governor John Nelson, who emphasized the importance of manufacturing as part of Nebraska’s and the national economy as well as the quality and opportunity in a career in manufacturing. Lt. Governor Nelson also read a Proclamation from Governor Heineman that reinforced the value of businesses like Phillips Manufacturing. Omaha City Councilman Garry Gernandt also gave a speech to the students and came along for the tour.

Phillips Project Engineer Matt Lamb and Production Manager David Holmes toured the groups of students through our various manufacturing areas, seeing the coils of steel and vinyl material and the process it takes to become our drywall and roofing products. The students asked a lot of questions, excited to be able to see raw material go through a process to become a finished, quality product in such a short period of time.

Phillips is committed to being part of the solution that helps address the need for education in the skilled trades to address the workforce shortage our nation faces and we hope some individuals in this group will look to manufacturing as a successful career field in their future.