Every October – Manufacturing Month – Manufacturers across Wisconsin, the Chippewa Valley and next door utilize the month as an opportunity to inspire and recruit the next generation of manufacturers. With a continued goal of providing our future workforce with exposure to real STEM workplaces, the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) has organized, hosted, or arranged over 50 tours to 20 different Chippewa Valley manufacturing sites. Since 2006 the CCEDC Program has introduced over 300 students from middle school, homeschool, high school, plus teachers, athletic coaches, scouting organizations and parents to the world of modern manufacturing.

On October 30, 2019, TTM Technologies, Inc, (TTM) one of Chippewa Falls largest employers and a leading global printed circuit board manufacturer that focuses on quick-turn and volume production of technologically advanced PCBs, backplane assemblies and electro-mechanical solutions, as well as design and manufacturer of high-frequency radio frequency (RF), microwave components, and assemblies, welcomed Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Girl Scout Troop 3345 & 3101.

Participants were given a tour of TTM to learn how lean manufacturing tools are being utilized throughout the facility. For several of the Girls Scouts, this was their first experience inside a manufacturing plan. By the end of the day the girls got a feel for the teamwork, creativity, and high level of engineering that goes into designing a world class product.

“The Girl Scout Tour is a great opportunity for the girls to learn about local manufacturing and creating an awareness for some of the opportunities manufacturing provides,” stated Sheridan Welch, Plant / General Manager at TTM Technologies.