Manufacturers reach out to students to confront growing skills gap

When Thermal Laminating Corp. threw open its doors to 60 local eighth-graders earlier this month, the Evanston-based maker of laminated pouches for passports and IDs hoped to convince the students that manufacturing doesn’t mean working in dark factory rooms using dirt-caked machines anymore.

“It was an eye-opener to a lot of them to see how things are made, that many of these things are made locally,” said Debbie Levitan, president. “They learned that manufacturing pays more than a lot of other industries.”

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