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St. Rose students see manufacturing firsthand

Tour of Harris & Bruno offers peek at manufacturing process, future career options
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For some of the St. Rose School students, watching automated machines cut and weld metal was the best part of the day. Others enjoyed learning about package printing and seeing the colors on a bag of potato chips magnified to the level of tiny dots. Some 35 sixth graders from the local elementary school visited the Harris & Bruno International manufacturing plant in Roseville on March 29. “It was perfect for this age group,” said teacher Barbara Cole, in a press release. “There was enough variety to keep them interested. Hands were up (and) they were engaged.” The company has manufactured auxiliary equipment for printing presses for more than 60 years. Current products focus on inking and coating systems. Part of the company’s long-standing commitment to community involvement includes offering fieldtrips to area students. “Manufacturing in the U.S. is not something you see everywhere,” said Harris & Bruno President Nick Bruno, in a press release. “We’re proud of what we do and want students to see and understand the hard work that goes into the products they purchase and use every day. If students see and touch the manufacturing process, it’s better than just imagining what it might be. It also broadens the possibilities of future career choices.” The fieldtrip began with Bruno explaining what the company does. He held up a bag of potato chips. “When you look at something like this, how do you think the words, picture and colors got there,” he asked. “It’s actually a bunch of tiny dots that printing presses put onto the bag material. It’s then covered in a smooth coating. Many of the products we manufacture specialize in applying the perfect amount of ink and coating to items like this so the ink doesn’t smear, crack or come off on your hands and clothes.” Students toured the plant and demonstrations were given of the robotic welder, electrical assembly, mechanical assembly, Computer Numerical Control lathes and milling machines, and a laser that engraves tiny cells in anilox rolls. Students also learned how each department works together in overall company operations. “It was great,” said parent Donielle Wieser. “It was very informative, organized and on task. It’s good for the kids to see a different side of things — real working people — and not just museums.” ~ Staff report