Events Calendar

Cardinal Manufacturing Plant Tour

Event Date: Tuesday June 27th 2017
Time: 8:00am
Price:$149.00 for Members
$249.00 for Non-Members
Event Details:

Shattering Paradigms: The National Model for Filling the Skills Gap

Since 2007, students have been making parts for paying customers! Cardinal Manufacturing is a student-run business that is developing future CNC machinists, welder/fabricators, engineers and related office staff. The program was designed as a localized way to address the skills gap in advanced manufacturing and to engage our students in meaningful education.

Students are exposed to the potential of manufacturing-related careers, sharpening their technical skills, and instilling the soft skills and professionalism that employers crave. The program is thriving, cash flow is strong and local manufacturers can now hire recent graduates who already have experience in meeting customer demands.

Cardinal Manufacturing has created a program that funds itself by doing work for area manufacturers as training material for the students – eliminating the barrier of unfunded technical training seen in school across the country. Equally important is the premise that the work is being done for profit. In this way, the school can buy materials for the projects and fund the purchase of new tooling and equipment. Donations of time and materials from area manufacturers round out the program, providing major equipment and keeping the program relevant to train the crucially important local workforce.

Benefits of Attending:  During this plant tour event, ARPM Members will have the opportunity to examine the multiple ways manufacturing companies can engage the youth in their community in the industry, build up manufacturing education in schools, and potentially change the outlook of the looming skills gap.

UNIQUE TO THIS EVENT! Do you have a local school system who you’re currently working with?  Would you like to invite a local educator to view this successful student run “classroom?” Register your local educator for this tour for $45. To register your educator - email 

For more information about Cardinal Manufacturing visit:

Hotel Address:

Holiday Inn Eau Claire South

4751 Owen Ayres Court

Eau Claire, WI 54701


Rate is $113.95/night, includes complimentary parking and in-room internet.

Reference Cardinal Manufacturing to get the group discount.

Not a member? Join now!
Remember Me
Forgot Your Password?

Cost Reduction Programs

ARPM is the only national association for rubber products companies. Member companies range in size from small manufacturing producers to multi-billion dollar conglomerates. Learn More »