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Elmer’s welcomes students to take part in Manufacturing Day

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Elmer’s welcomes students to take part in Manufacturing Day
PONCHATOULA---In celebration of Manufacturing Day, Elmer Chocolate opened its doors to students and educators from Ponchatoula High School, Louisiana State University, Northshore Technical Community College, Southeastern Louisiana University and Oak Forest Academy as part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities a career in manufacturing can provide.

Bob Zabbia, Mayor of Ponchatoula, kicked off the event saying “We appreciate Elmer’s continued investment in our community and their leadership to empower young people to create positive change.”

“By showcasing our investment in technology and our community, we hope to inspire younger generations to explore the significant opportunities in manufacturing,” said Robert A. Nelson, Chief Executive Officer for Elmer Chocolate.

“We are extremely pleased to host an event like this. As a major U.S. manufacturer of seasonal chocolates, this will allow students to learn more about our state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities and tour our facility to get a first-hand experience of the many processes that go into producing finished products.” said Michael J. Nelson, Elmer Chocolate President. “We are optimistic this will help students gain a better sense of the numerous career opportunities in manufacturing,” says Nelson.

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

Ellen K. Bies, Elmer Chocolate’s Director of Human Resources, said “this is an opportunity to get students excited about a career path in modern manufacturing.”

“Technology is beautiful and offers us a lot of opportunity for innovation; of course, there is the challenge for the workforce to handle this. There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals now and in the future, we as an industry have to be committed to excite the next generation and support all training initiatives,” said Bernd W. Weber, Chief Technology Officer, Vice President of Process Technology for Elmer Chocolate.

According to the National Confectioners Association, the 1,940 direct confectionery jobs in Louisiana support an additional 3,500 additional jobs in the state. The direct impact to the state is $486.6M in economic output, $91.2M in wages and $41.9M in taxes.

About Elmer Chocolate
Since 1855, Elmer Chocolate has been a leading candy and snack manufacturer in the Gulf South. Originally known for Heavenly Hash® and Gold Brick®, today the family-owned business is recognized as the second largest heart box chocolates manufacturer in the USA. In 2016 the company made a $44 million capital investment and constructed a 70,000 square foot addition at the company’s production facility in Ponchatoula, LA. This expansion included state of the art equipment for chocolate moulding and robotic packaging. More information on Manufacturing Day is available at