WILMINGTON — Students enrolled in Andrea Harpen’s advanced chemistry class at Blanchester High School toured Ferno-Washington’s Wilmington headquarters and manufacturing space Monday.
Cecil Mullins, director of operations for Ferno-Washington, told the juniors and seniors about the company’s history, its products and its future.
Ferno-Washington manufactures medical devices, most notably ambulance cots, stretchers and similar devices.
Mullins and other employees demonstrated the company’s research and development lab, several of its workshops and showed off some of the company’s newest technology, like the iN∫X, a device Ferno-Washington designed and creates that aims to eliminate the need to lift patients.
During and after the tours, students asked Mullins questions about where Ferno-Washington’s products are delivered, where they’re made, what kind of jobs the company hires for and what degrees are necessary to get those jobs.
Harpen said she hoped the students would be inspired by the trip for their research projects, a part of Believe in Ohio, a student entrepreneurship program that lets students compete to cash awards and scholarships by submitting STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — business plans.
Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mark Rembert said students from all of Clinton County’s school districts visited local manufacturers, which arranged tours for the students on Oct. 5.
“More than 150 students from Blanchester High School, Clinton-Massie High School, East Clinton High School, Laurel Oaks and Wilmington High School were able to participate, with each school visiting a different manufacturer,” Rembert said. “We hope to make this an annual tradition and that it will contribute to the Chamber’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the excellent career opportunities offered by our local manufacturing sector.”
According to Rembert, the host manufacturers included Alkermes, Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Ferno-Washington, LGSTX Services, New Sabina Industries and YUSA.
The event was organized by the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce as a way of recognizing local manufacturers. National Manufacturing Day was Oct. 3.
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