Celebrate manufacturing at games with ice cream

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TheLINK Economic Development Alliance for Lee and Sumter counties, along with Sumter Economic Development, will celebrate National Manufacturing Day during October according to a news release.

Under the theme "Manufacturing is Cool," the organizations will give away free ice cream for as long as supplies last at local high school football games while bringing awareness of the benefits of modern manufacturing.

"The opportunities are lucrative and limitless in today's technology-driven manufacturing environment," Erika Williams, communications manager for The LINK and Sumter Economic Development, commented in a news release. "It's imperative that we enlighten not only our students, but also their parents so that they are well informed of the many avenues to career success."

"Developing a skilled workforce is key to our continued growth as a region. It's something we recognize as economic developers for business recruitment, but it's also known by our existing industry that is focused now on the talent needed for their future success," Jay Schwedler, president of TheLINK and Sumter Economic Development, said in the release.

National Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and occurs on the first Friday in October annually. Visit the Manufacturing Ice Cream Team at the following locations: today at Lakewood High School - corporate sponsor, BD; Oct. 13 at Lee Central High School, corporate sponsor - Coca Cola Consolidated; Oct. 20 at Sumter High School - corporate sponsor, Caterpillar; and Oct. 27 - Crestwood High School, corporate sponsor, to be determined.