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Sterling students explore local manufacturing trade (Sauk Valley)


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.



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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