Eighth-graders in Indiana’s Elkhart County are taking field trips this week that have them exploring career opportunities in manufacturing, according to a report by the Elkhart Truth. Organized by the Horizon Education Alliance, nearly 3,000 students are getting industrial tours from one of 78 participating manufacturing sites in the area.

The event is being held in conjunction with Manufacturing Day, a nationwide effort by manufacturers to combat a skilled labor shortage and misconception about factory work. Nationally, this is a one-day event, but because of the heavy volume of participants, Elkhart County coordinates tours and activities over a period of seven days spanning three weeks, organizers said.

A group of students at West Side Middle School got a tour of Alliance RV, a startup RV company on the southeast corner of C.R. 17 and Beck Drive.

Alliance RV is owned by brothers Coley and Ryan Brady who have assembled a team with an eye toward starting production in 2020. The family-owned company plans to make fifth-wheel and tow-behind campers using quality materials.

During the tour, the students got to see a prototype RV under construction, learn about the facility and walk the grounds of a large facility expansion currently under construction near the company’s temporary site. For the full story click here.