Cast Your Vote for ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing’


The Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) recently produced the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing (WSCM)” student video contest in Erie County. The goal of the program is to introduce 7th and 8th grade students to “cool” manufacturing jobs and career opportunities.

The 12 participating school teams (and their manufacturer partner) include: City of Erie (Smith Provision), Fairview Middle School (American Turned Products), Fort LeBoeuf Middle School (LORD Corporation), Harbor Creek Junior High School (Port Erie Plastics), Iroquois Junior High School (McInnes Rolled Rings), J.S. Wilson Middle School (Rehrig Pacific Company), North East Middle School (Seaway Manufacturing), RB Wiley Charter School (Onex, Inc.), Saint Jude School (Industrial Sales and Manufacturing), Walnut Creek Middle School (Finish Thompson) and Westlake Middle School (Matrix Tool).

Numerous award categories will be recognized, but the Viewer’s Choice Award will be determined by the community with online voting. Mark your calendars for February 26-28 to view and vote for your favorite video at: (then find the Northwest contest). The Awards Gala is scheduled for March 8 at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst University.

In addition to the featured manufacturer sponsors, the program is supported by WQLN; Career Street; Merrill Lynch; Erie County Technical School; Marquette Savings Bank; Haines Printing; Lillis, McKibben, Bongiovanni & Co; NEFF; and McGill Power Bell.

Based in Erie, with regional offices throughout its 13-county service area, the NWIRC is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving small- to medium-sized manufacturers with up to 500 employees. The NWIRC’s new office location, as of January 29, is 8425 Peach Street, Erie, PA (in the WQLN building) with new phone number 814/217-6060. For more information, visit