Last week over 30 DeForest Area High School students were invited to the new Bell Laboratories facility in DeForest in celebration of Wisconsin Manufacturing Month.
The event was organized by Bell Laboratories HR Generalist, Kelley Martin, and the school district’s College and Career Readiness Coordinator Kerry Johnson. During the visit, students toured the manufacturing facility, which opened in DeForest in 2017.
Over the course of a morning, students were given a tour of the manufacturing facility, worked in small groups on a variety of hands-on activities, and had discussions with Bell Lab staff.
According to Johnson, students answered a survey expressing interest in attending the event in order to see the new facility and learn more about today’s manufacturing processes.
Bell Laboratories, maker of Tomcat brand rodent poisons and traps, moved into their new 300,000 square foot warehouse/distribution facility in 2014. The 280,000 square foot manufacturing addition was opened for operation in 2017. The new facility, located in DeForest’s North Towne Corporate Park, was built to meet the company’s growing need for additional shipping and receiving, warehouse and manufacturing space.