Shyft Group goes virtual to meet with students on Manufacturing Day

NOVI–The Novi-based specialty vehicle manufacturer Shyft Group, formerly known as Spartan Motors, plans a live, virtual event for Manufacturing Day this year.

Students are welcome to learn about the good-paying, highly technical careers available with Shyft on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. The link to the presentations is

“Work force development is a key need in our industry, and we are committed to educating the next generation of leaders and skilled tradespeople about the many careers manufacturing and its support functions have to offer,” said Daryl Adams, Shyft president and CEO. “For us, this is a chance to share our passion for manufacturing with students, learn about their goals, and explore what’s next for the industry. As such, it’s one of our favorite events, and we’re excited to share our enthusiasm for our business and for manufacturing.”

During the live event, students will hear directly from engineers, team leaders, assemblers, and talent specialists about careers in manufacturing at The Shyft Group and its family of brands.

This will be the company’s fourth straight year opening its doors and sharing its expertise with students for Manufacturing Day. In prior years, Shyft welcomed local students at Utilimaster locations in Ephrata, Penn. and Bristol, Ind., as well in Charlotte, Mich. This year’s virtual event will allow Shyft to accommodate more students, regardless of their location or virtual learning platforms. To date, event organizers have engaged with participating high schools and middle schools in Michigan, Indiana, California, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Missouri.

Manufacturing Day, an initiative of The Manufacturing Institute, is held annually on the first Friday in October to give students insights into modern manufacturing careers by partnering with thousands of companies and educational institutions across the country.

Shyft manufactures, assembles, and upfits commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicles. Customers include first-to-last mile delivery companies, government entities, the trades, utilities, and infrastructure companies. The company has two business units, Shyft Fleet Vehicles and Services and Shyft Specialty Vehicles, and its brands include Utilimaster, Royal Truck Body, Strobes-R-Us, Spartan RV Chassis, Builtmore Contract manufacturing, and corresponding aftermarket brands. The company employs approximately 2,700 associates across campuses in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, California, Arizona, Texas, and Saltillo, Mexico. The Company reported sales from continuing operations of $757 million in 2019.

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