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Donald-based GK Machine creates virtual shop tour video for students interested in manufacturing

PMG PHOTO: CHRIS OERTELL - Clackamas Academy of Industrial Science student Eryck Stratton uses a computer to enter his name for a name tag that will be created on a CNC mill during a Manufacturing Day event at American Machine & Gear in Northwest Portland.For the past six years, GK Machine has celebrated National Manufacturing Day in Oregon by providing local high school students the opportunity to tour its facilities.

With this year's National Manufacturing Day altered due to COVID-19, the Donald-based producer of heavy-duty agricultural and industrial equipment is taking its tour online.

"We've connected hundreds of students with manufacturing and showed them a new state-of-the-art vision for their future careers," the company stated in a news release. "This year, GK and other partners are moving to a virtual format to continue the tradition of providing a National Manufacturing Day experience."

Beginning Oct. 2 and running throughout the rest of the month, students and community members are invited to view a virtual tour of GK Machine and listen to various employees talk about manufacturing career opportunities throughout the state.

The video replicates the company's bus tours that bring in hundreds of high school and community college students to view various GK Machine jobs and locations, including the machine shop, laser and plasma cutting, finish services, mechanical assemply, equipment repairs, parts counter, greenhouses and custom manifolds.

Oregon has celebrated National Manufacturing Day on the first Friday of each October since 2014.

PMG FILE PHOTO: CHRIS OERTELL - Clayton Tippetts, 18, from the Open School, saw a couple of CNC machines, a gear cutting machine, and a vertical CNC machine that morning. He worked a summer in a door factory in Utah and is interested in aerospace manufacturing., Business Tribune - News ItâÄ™s not all screens and wet wipes: Local kids still visit traditional tool shops on Manufacturing Day Machine made in America

Manufacturing Day Video

• Watch GK Machine's video celebrating the manufacturing industry.

youtube.com/watch?v=hIY4uYqsIyw&t=106s

• For more information, call GK Machine at 503-678-5525 or visit gkmachine.com.

• For more information on Oregon Manufacturing Day, visit omep.org/your-resources/manufacturing-day/

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