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Published April 21, 2012, 08:04 PM

The Engineering World may have an Up and Coming Star

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- It's like an episode of "how it's made." Hundreds of people had a chance to see inside 8 manufacturing businesses in Fergus Falls and Wahpeton. And after today's tour the engineering field looks to have an up and coming star.

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- It's like an episode of "how it's made."

Hundreds of people had a chance to see inside 8 manufacturing businesses in Fergus Falls and Wahpeton. And after today's tour the engineering field looks to have an up and coming star.

Wally Stommes is the president here at Stone L. The company manufactures valve position indicators and communications for the process industry. He hopes letting people in the front door will get them excited about what the company has to offer.

Wally: "What we are trying to do is let people see what we do, how exciting it is, how much fun it is, and have people who are trying to make decisions on careers decide to go into the careers that will support manufacturing."

While this tour may be helpful for adults looking to get into the engineering field, some kids as young 10 are already planning their careers.

Eric Workman - 4th Grader: "I am interested in machines and building stuff like lego."

4th Grader Eric Workman has always loved taking things apart and putting them back together, and from the looks of it, he already has a great start in the manufacturing industry.

Eric: "It cuts out the parts and then the egger pushes up the scraps and then it goes to a recycling company."

This experience has confirmed this tiny mechanical wizards dream of becoming an engineer...it also made him feel like he was part of his favorite TV show.

Eric: "I like watching how it is made, so this is kind of like a live how it's made."

As this future engineer continues soaking up every last bit of knowledge, it is clear to see Stommes will have to make sure there is a spot waiting for Eric to fill in a few years.

There are 75 career opportunities within the 8 manufacturing sites.

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