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Sterling students explore local manufacturing trade (Sauk Valley)

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The routine hum of classroom activity for about 300 freshmen was replaced with the whirring and stomping of heavy machinery producing thousands of pounds of steel parts.

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The Sterling High School freshman class fanned out across the city Wednesday touring manufacturing sites and getting a taste of the state's $100-billion industry that makes up about 10 percent of the Illinois workforce.

Frantz Manufacturing Co. was one stop on the National Manufacturing Day tour for a few dozen students, who saw the ins and outs of production from furnaces operating at 1,750 degrees to bins filling with freshly made steel ball bearings.

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