GW Plastics Celebrates National Manufacturing Day 2015
On Friday, October 2nd, GW Plastics opened the doors to our headquarters in Bethel, VT to celebrate National Manufacturing Day 2015. This annual nationwide event (http://www.mfgday.com/) began four years ago and it focuses on expanding public knowledge about manufacturing and its value to the U.S. economy while addressing the skilled labor shortage in our country.
As one of Vermont’s largest manufacturers, GW Plastics has a long history of creating jobs in Vermont and providing young people with compelling reasons to live and work locally. “There are very few opportunities for students to be exposed to high-quality manufacturing, and we enjoy opportunities to show Vermont’s youth that there are great career opportunities right in their backyard,” said Cathy Tempesta, GW Plastics Director of Human Resources. “We are trying to do as much as we can to give jobs to local residents and to boost Vermont’s economy.”
After hosting Manufacturing Day 2014 at our nearby Royalton, VT facilities, we decided this year to welcome the community back into our corporate headquarters, which was originally used as a dairy barn. About 25 students, community members, retired employees, and current employee family members were welcomed by Tempesta, who shared a company overview and explained the Bethel plant products and processes. The group was then taught about the many exciting career opportunities, internships, and apprenticeships that are currently available at GW Plastics, and the various ways that we help students receive a great education through GW-sponsored scholarship programs and tuition assistance.
Visitors were then supplied with cleanroom gowns, hair covers, and safety glasses, and given an in-depth tour of the operational facilities, where they witnessed world-class manufacturing first-hand. “I had no idea this level of manufacturing was right here in town,” remarked one community member. “To watch a life-saving medical device being created is truly fascinating.”
For the first time, our School of Tech students were also able to participate in this celebration. “It was amazing to see what we’ve learned about in the classroom actually being done in a machine,” commented one student.