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Erickcek will examine future of manufacturing

April 26, 2007

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.--In an upcoming presentation hosted by Western Michigan University-Battle Creek, employment analyst George Erickcek will explore economists' predictions of promising nationwide growth in 2007, despite worrisome signs across a variety of sectors, including manufacturing.

"2007 Economic Outlook for Calhoun County: New Challenges Facing Manufacturers," will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in WMU's Kendall Center at 50 W. Jackson St. in Battle Creek. Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. Admission to the discussion is free and open to the Battle Creek area business community.

A senior regional analyst with the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Erickcek will discuss why manufacturing matters to Michigan's future, how the Big Three's losing battle for market share is impacting the region, and what areas should be considered in tomorrow's high-growth manufacturing sectors. In addition, Dr. Timothy Greene, dean of WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will discuss briefly WMU's response to the state's need for an educated manufacturing workforce.

Space is limited for Erickcek's presentation. Those wishing to attend should RSVP online at www.bc.wmich.edu/manufacturing, or contact Dianne Morris at dianne.morris@wmich.edu or (269) 965-5380. Free, three-hour parking is available in the parking deck next to the Kendall Center. Directions can be found at www.bc.wmich.edu/facilities/directions.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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