Stiles welcomes students for Manufacturing Day event October 5
October 3, 2017 | 8:55 am CDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Stiles Machinery Inc. will open its doors to local students on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 for a Manufacturing Day event. Attendees will receive guided tours of the Stiles manufacturing, distribution and training center and a hands-on experience in modern-day manufacturing.

Manufacturing Day is a nationwide movement designed to inspire the next generation by giving them insights into what manufacturing looks like today and how it will look in the future.

Visitors to Stiles’ Manufacturing Day tour will have the opportunity to see the latest manufacturing technology in action. Participants will begin by learning how the company’s German-engineered flat table CNC machining centers are built and assembled in the United States at the Homag Machinery North America plant.

From there, students will take part in several interactive demonstrations through Stiles University’s Training Lab, where they will use CNC technology to produce Martin guitar bodies and other wood-based products.

The manufacturing industry is experiencing a major shift from traditional production methods to a highly-automated and technically-skilled trade. Thomas Allott, Manager of Stiles University, believes that this event serves as a major opportunity to influence the youth and show them what a career in manufacturing looks like today.

For more information about Stiles’ Manufacturing Day event and their other educational initiatives, contact Thomas Allott at, or visit

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