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Middle School Students Discover What’s So Cool About Manufacturing

WHEELING, April 14, 2019 – Explore: The New Manufacturing celebrated the West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest during a virtual awards ceremony Tuesday night with six local middle schools and six manufacturing companies.

“Today’s middle school students will be tomorrow’s workforce in manufacturing in West Virginia, said Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF. “This generation has a real opportunity to have lifelong careers in modern manufacturing environments that will use skills in technology, problem-solving, innovation and communication.”

The student teams competed for three awards, Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and the Viewer's Choice. All the videos can still be viewed by visiting

Participating schools are Bridge Street Middle School, Brooke Middle School, Moundsville Middle School, Oak Glen Middle School, Sherrard Middle School, and St. Joseph The Worker School. Local manufacturers include the Mull Group, Inc., Eagle Manufacturing Company, Tecnocap LLC, The Fiesta Tableware Company, the Ziegenfelder Company, and Pietro Fiorentini USA.

Educational partners, West Virginia Northern Community College and Bethany College were instrumental in providing video training to the teachers. Video cameras were provided by the Explore: The Manufacturing, a nonprofit organization that links education and industry through interactive programs. The program is funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Chevron, as well as company and individual contributions.

Award winners included:

Outstanding Creativity: Sherrard Middle School with The Ziegenfelder Company

Best Manufacturing Message: Brooke Middle School with Eagle Manufacturing Company Viewer’s Choice: Oak Glen Middle School with The Fiesta Tableware Company

The WVMAEF is currently looking for schools and companies to participate in next year’s What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? student video contest. If you would like more information, contact Monica Cross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (304) 612-4912.


About the Program: Explore the New Manufacturing is offered by the West Virginia Manufacturing Association Educational Fund in partnership with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association. Explore brings together tomorrow’s workforce with local and regional manufacturing companies to inform students of educational and career opportunities in the state’s manufacturing industry. For more information visit

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