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A representative from Miller Brothers Construction talks to a student as he sits inside a piece of machinery during a tour of the company’s new maintenance and training center. Students from four area schools took part in the tour.

Defiance County Economic Workforce Manager Carla Hinkle held two half-day events on construction for In-Demand Jobs Week in Ohio.

Construction is a significant contributor to economic development, from new schools, hospitals, roads and bridges, and the backbone of infrastructure. As workers in this trade retire, it is getting harder to replace them. This tour was for students to get an idea of what a construction career has to offer and what is available to them upon graduation

Students from Ayersville High School, Defiance Middle School, and Tinora and Fairview high schools were guests of Miller Brothers Construction (MBC) at its new maintenance and training center.

The students saw first hand how MBC operates and learned that it takes everyone in the business to make the wheels go around. MBC is part of the “We Build America” initiative to promote knowledge of this skilled trade.

Students were able to get in and work some of the equipment with help from MBC employees, they sat in the backhoe and had to dump a basketball into a tub.

According to Hinkle, “There is no better way for them to learn than to have hands-on experiences.”

The next stop on the tour was the Four County Career Center (FCCC) student-built home on Allen and Carpenter roads. FCCC students were there working on the siding, painting walls and doing electrical work to get things ready for the open house next week.

Teachers and students at the site were able to show the work they have done and answer questions from the group.

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