Careers Start Here.
Gainesville Economic Development Corporation recruits new industries while also helping our current businesses expand and grow. Our residents have what many people prefer, the opportunity to work in the same community in which they live. Our local employers provide excellent workforce opportunities to do just that. Manufacturing employs 22% of our workforce. Manufacturing matters in Gainesville!
The Manufacturing Matters initiative provides opportunity for students to learn about the educational opportunities available to them while in high school to learn technical skills that will help them gain employment after high school or act as a springboard to other degrees such as engineering.
Download our Manufacturing Matters Passport
The Manufacturing Matters Passport is a resource we developed in 2017 in support of Manufacturing Day. The book, designed as a handout for students, gives an overview of the career opportunities in Gainesville. From North Central Texas College’s fantastic dual credit program for high school students, to benefits of some of our local manufacturers, manufacturing provides a great career opportunity for students and the next generation of workforce in our community.
Manufacturing Day 2017
100 sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Gainesville High School attended Manufacturing Day held on Thursday, October 26, 2017.
They began the day touring manufacturing facilities, then came back to the Gainesville Civic Center for lunch with Manufacturing executives, followed by a tour of booths set up by each manufacturer. Seven local manufacturers opened their doors to student tours in the morning: Circuit Breaker Sales, Dura-Line, GAF, Molded Fiber Glass of Texas, Trident Process Inc., Universal Machining Industries and Zodiac Seats US LLC.
Each manufacturer hosted tables of students for lunch where Orteq Energy Technologies joined the group. Also attending were GISD Counselors, North Central Texas College, Workforce Solutions Gainesville, and Texoma Workforce Board. Arleene Loyd, Executive Director of Gainesville Economic Development Corporation opened the presentation. Kenny Smith, chair of the industrial technical program at NCTC presented the many options and benefits of technical training.
Students were amazed at the technology being used by our local manufacturers and how “cool” it is. Each student left with a Manufacturing Matters T-Shirt and a bag of logoed items from the Manufacturers. Manufacturing Matters in Gainesville and Cooke County. When students look toward their future they now know their careers can start here!