(Webster, SD) – Mereen-Johnson, LLC, makers of world-class industrial woodworking machinery, are hosting plant tours for students of the Webster Area Schools Career Technical Education (CTE) classes as a part of National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6th.   

“Manufacturing Day is about raising awareness of the continuing importance of manufacturing to America’s economic future,” said Paul Wilmes, Mereen-Johnson CEO. “We thought the best way to celebrate Manufacturing Day would be to give students in the Webster Area Schools newly re-started career technical education classes a chance to see a real manufacturing facility at work.”

Mereen-Johnson is known around the world for making long lasting, high-tech, heavy duty machinery, and manufactures a complete line of stationary and moving blade multiple rip saws, rip optimizing and material handling systems, single and double end tenoners, dovetailers, and panel sizing systems. These machines are used for the manufacture of flooring, cabinets, ceiling tiles, doors, furniture, moulding, and millwork just to name a few of the applications. Mereen-Johnson has machinery in all 50 states and in 44 countries around the world.

The company has been headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1905, and opened its “Western Division” in Webster, South Dakota in 1973. The Webster facility has grown over the years, and in 2006 Mereen-Johnson consolidated all of its manufacturing in Webster.

“The manufacturing jobs of today are good paying, “family wage” jobs that require real skills,” said Brooke Ripley, Mereen-Johnson Vice President and General Manager. “There is a severe shortage of workers for these good paying skilled manufacturing positions. On Manufacturing Day we hope to showcase these jobs to young people, and perhaps inspire some of them to consider a career in one of the skilled trades.”

The first class tour will be in the morning at 8:30 a.m. and another at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6th at the Mereen-Johnson facility located at 10 Park Lane, in Webster.