Scott Pallotta, and his team of about 150 employees at Zehnder Rittling, hosted two exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours last week. The two groups, comprised of Dream It, Do It (DIDI) students and participants in our Manufacturers Council Tour Series, were fascinated by innovate techniques for manufacturing heating and cooling systems.
The Partnership is actively involved in the coordination of DIDI’s Adopt-A-School by helping to match our members with schools. Zehnder Rittling was one of the first companies to volunteer and has adopted the HVAC and plumbing students from McKinley High School in Buffalo.
As a result, 18 McKinley seniors and three educators came to the facility for a presentation and plant tour. When asked if the students had ever been on a manufacturing plant floor before, not a single hand was raised. After the tour, the group was enthusiastic about their hands-on experience.
There is only so much to learn about manufacturing in the classroom; at some point, you have to see how the processes work on the factory floor. Zehnder Rittling was able to provide valuable real-life experiences for these students interested in manufacturing careers. They were also able to start establishing relationships with potential future employees.
This is just the beginning of the relationship between Zehnder Rittling and DIDI. By taking an active role in growing the pipeline now, manufacturers will be able to inspire and develop the workforce of tomorrow.
The following day, some of the Partnership’s manufacturing members walked through the plant as part of our Tour Series. The series focuses on best-practice sharing and showing off some of the world’s most innovative companies, located right here in Western New York.
Zehnder Rittling was able to provide insights for our manufacturing members, and was also able to show young people about manufacturing careers. If your company would like to engage with DIDI students or Partnership manufacturers, contact Barrett Erbe today to discuss hosting a tour.