Manufacturing Week: Touring Inside GPM

Updated: October 05, 2018 08:55 PM

It's Manufacturing Week in Minnesota. And what better way to get a perspective, than by seeing manufacturing in person?

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That was the goal for four women in the machine operations course at Lake Superior College. They, along with the mayor's office and other workforce leaders, got to tour GPM Incorporated on Friday morning, which is located in the airpark. The company is celebrating 40 years of business, and specializes in industrial pumps and service.

Andrea Anderson, a student in the Pathways to Prosperity program, was excited to see the machines being used in a real-life setting. She's also a believer in getting more women into the trades.

"LSC is a really good program. The instructors are really helpful. If we need extra help we can ask for it. And they made us feel really at home. Because as women, getting into the field is kind of scary at first," she shared.

Steve DeBock, general manager, was happy to lead the tour. "I was happy to see their interest. We have trouble finding qualified candidates. And with a program like this, we could have a whole new batch of employees. Which is great."

GPM is seeing high demand right now, and has been hiring and expanding.

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