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Dunbar Middle School and Service Wire Company Team Up for the Explore Student Video Contest

Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release Dunbar Middle School’s video submission in the Kanawha Valley region of the Explore Student Video Contest.  The video showcases how Service Wire safely manufacturers high-quality wire and cable at its Culloden, West Virginia facility.

The students are competing for three regional awards: Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and Viewer's Choice.  Visit https://www.exploremfgwv.com/2023-kanawha-region-video-contest to view the Dunbar Middle School video and cast your vote in the Viewer’s Choice Contest.  Voting closes on April 16th at midnight. 

“Explore Student Video Contest is engaging, educational, empowering and interesting, for students and adults involved.” - Donna Wood  

Student Team Members 

  • Kylie Batch 
  • Davin Bodkins 
  • Aleah Booker 
  • Jayden Bumpus 
  • Axle Ramsey 
  • Mikayla Rizzo 
  • Teachers: 
  • Kandace M Ansah 
  • Matt Kelly 
  • Donna Wood

Ron Fisher, Service Wire Plant Manager stated “as a Company born in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, Service Wire Co. will always be passionate about encouraging West Virginia’s students to get interested in manufacturing! Our over 55 years of business have reinforced our belief that Manufacturing jobs are the coolest opportunities out there!”  In addition to Fisher, the Service Wire support team includes Ethan Dishman (Production Manager),  John Grace (EHS Manager), Andy Lewis (Process Engineer), Tim Mills (Machine Operator), and Jessi West (Corporate HR Manager).

“Today’s middle school students will be tomorrow’s workforce in manufacturing in West Virginia,” said Program Director Monica Cross, who oversees the Explore the New Manufacturing program on behalf of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund’s efforts to create student awareness and excitement about careers in manufacturing and the training opportunities for these positions in their local areas. “We are excited to share Dunbar Middle School’s video with you.  The team did an excellent job, and their results illustrate the use of creativity, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork.” 

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Upcoming Dates

11 Apr
SVC - NORTH CENTRAL Region - Viewer's Choice Voting
Date 04.11.2024 - 04.18.2024
11 Apr
SVC - NORTH CENTRAL Region Judging
04.11.2024 - 04.17.2024
17 Apr
MIC - MID-OHIO Region - Deadline Manufacturer's Critique
04.17.2024
17 Apr
MIC - MID-OHIO Region - Deadline Team's Judging Packet
04.17.2024
17 Apr
SVC - MID_OHIO VALLEY Region - Viewer's Choice Voting
04.17.2024 - 04.24.2024
17 Apr
SVC - MID-OHIO Region Judging
04.17.2024 - 04.23.2024

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