Dickinson Area Economic Development Celebrates Manufacturing Day Throughout October

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2021

MFG Day 2021

Iron Mountain, Michigan (October 1, 2021) The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance joins Bay College West, Northern Initiatives-MMTC, DIISD, Michigan Works, and local manufacturers in marking Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 1, and celebrating the entire month of October.

The goal of Manufacturing Day is to raise awareness about skilled trade careers in manufacturing. Heavy Metal Tours is the Dickinson Area’s take on the annual event. Heavy Metal Tours collaborative gives high school freshmen exposure to area manufacturers to learn more about local trade careers and how they can be part of closing the skills gap within the local industry.

“We are once again extending Manufacturing Day and observing it the entire month with an interactive game that schools can administer in the classroom,” said Lois Ellis, DAEDA executive director. “Although we cannot meet in-person, we see it as an opportunity to reach more students with this information on career paths through the DIISD Tech Center and Bay College West.”

Local manufacturers participating in Heavy Metal Tours/Manufacturing Day are BOSS Snowplow, CCI Systems, Enbridge, Lake Shore Systems, MJ Electric, Systems Control, and Verso. High school freshmen and parents of high school freshmen are invited to learn more at www.heavymetaltours.com and follow the Heavy Metal Tours social channels where facts about working in manufacturing will be shared.



The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (the Alliance) is a private-public partnership in the Dickinson County, Michigan area, whose mission is to spearhead collaboration, awareness, and outreach to employers, educators and residents in order to spur further development of the greater Dickinson County Area.

About Heavy Metal Tours

Heavy Metal Tours is a collaboration between DAEDA, Bay College, Northern Initiatives-MMTC, the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District, and Michigan Works! It exists to educate students, parents, and school personnel about career opportunities in the trades at local Dickinson County manufacturers.

Contact: Lois Ellis, lois.ellis@daeda.org

Loadmaster #KeepUPWorking in Dickinson County

About Loadmaster

Loadmaster is a leading manufacturer of high-quality refuse equipment. Located in Norway Michigan, our equipment is made in the USA with pride!

We are a family owned and operated company with a legacy in the waste industry. Loadmaster prides itself in listening to the customer and providing a product based on their needs. A wide range of product offerings in different body sizes large and small from manual rear loaders to fully automated side loaders that lead the industry in innovation and reliability.

Loadmasters’ customers include the City of Chicago, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Tampa, and even Walt Disney World among others. Currently we have 80 employees with 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space spread out over roughly 25 acres.

Working at Loadmaster

The range of product offerings provides an interesting and challenging work environment requiring more craftsmanship when compared to other production positions. We provide a safe and friendly working environment leading to a highly effective workforce.

Loadmaster is a growing manufacturer of refuse truck bodies. Manufactured in the United States, we have a reputation of reliability and innovation. We also take pride in our level of service achieving the best customer service that sets us apart from our competition. It’s these traits that keeps Loadmaster alive and well today and into the future.

We offer a full benefits package which includes health insurance, dental, vision, 401K, paid vacation, disability, and life insurance.