Why Manufacturing

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Why manufacturing? For one, a career in manufacturing offers near-limitless opportunities for personal and professional growth. Yet, many people still think jobs in manufacturing are a dead end. And aren’t all manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas anyway? Several stereotypes and misconceptions have shaped public perception about manufacturing jobs over the years. Let’s get to the facts:

Manufacturing Myths

MYTH 1: Manufacturing Jobs are a Dead End

A job in manufacturing is only a dead end if you MAKE it a dead end. At Premier, an honest day’s hard work, and dedication to the company is a sure-fire recipe for success. Many employees have the opportunity to pursue a variety of career paths and work in various departments, giving them a well-rounded base for advancement and better of understanding of our business.

MYTH 2: Manufacturing Jobs are Being Shipped Overseas

Some manufacturing jobs are being outsourced. Premier focuses on high-skill, high-tech jobs that are best kept in the US. In fact, most experts predict a dramatic increase in the number of jobs available in the next 5-10 years.

MYTH 3: Manufacturing Jobs are Dirty, Boring, and Mundane

We pride ourselves in our work environment. Our 5S program focuses on keeping our facility clean and organized to keep work moving effectively. Most visitors to Premier comment on the cleanliness of the shop. We encourage our employees to practice 5S on a daily basis, and they have taken it to heart.


Want to know more? Visit our Career Paths page to see the variety of careers available at Premier. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see a variety of careers available for almost every skill set. Although perceptions about manufacturing careers won’t change overnight, we hope to help change perceptions.

Part of Premier’s purpose is to “develop people.” Part of fulfilling that purpose is investing in the next generation. Premier is a top-level sponsor of the yearly Discover Manufacturing Career Expo. The expo exposes high school students to the variety of desirable high-tech jobs available in manufacturing. Each year, over a thousand students from Central Illinois tour local manufacturing facilities and gather at a central exhibit hall for hands-on demonstrations and presentations from key industry leaders. Watch the Discover Manufacturing Career Expo Overview Video (and see some friendly faces from Premier) in the video below:

Discover Manufacturing Career Expo Overview Video

Premier Fabrication is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital or military status, or based on any individual’s status in any group or class protected by law.

“One of Cargill’s core values is integrity. Premier is a shining example of how business should be conducted. It is obvious to me that Premier had their priorities aligned to meet customer expectations and will experience continued success.”
Mark PottsTerminal ManagerCargill