Area students attend Raymond Manufacturing Day

GREENE, N.Y. - The Raymond Corporation is grooming its next generation of employees as it prepares for changes in the manufacturing industry.

The forklift builder in Greene hosted its 3rd annual Manufacturing Day last week.

Over 270 students from 16 schools attended a presentation by Raymond workers, toured the factory floor, and experimented with interactive displays using virtual reality and robotics.

Senior Vice President of Operations Rick Harrington says the company is preparing for what's called Manufacturing 4.0, a world in which the machines are increasingly communicating with each other.

"When you watch the kids that are in here today, it's easy for them. It's very intuitive, they grasp it quickly, and they can help move us into the future. And that's what we want to do. We want to bring them in, show them that there's opportunity here for them, and get them to help us out down the road some day," said Harrington.

Harrington says the event has become so popular that Raymond had to turn down an additional 200 students who wanted to attend.

He says plans are to expand it to two days next year.


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