The Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP) has announced the winners of its first annual “Educational Outreach Contest” in celebration of manufacturers who work to engage young people in the manufacturing industry. The announcement of the award honorees is coordinated with Manufacturing Day, held on Oct. 7.
MAPP member companies were asked to provide a description of how their companies are working with local schools, programs or students to raise awareness and build interest in the plastics industry. These entries could include photos and videos promoting educational outreach efforts that raise awareness or build skills in young people in local communities.
MAPP members were then asked to review the entries and vote for their favorites. The winner of the first annual award is Bemis Manufacturing, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. TASUS Corporation, Bloomington, Indiana, received second place and Plastikos, Erie, Pennsylvania, was third.
Information provided in the contest entry indicated Bemis Manufacturing Company has not only been engaged in working with local middle and high schools in providing students with skill sets needed to succeed in the new economy but also is providing leadership in promoting the plastics industry.
Bemis is a leader in Project GRILL, which stands for Growing Readiness In Learning & Leading and showcases manufacturing career opportunities to high school students through real world design, production and distribution. It is a unique blend of cooperation between manufacturers (sponsors), high schools, teachers, students and parents to create a learning environment where students experience the manufacturing process over a 10-month period that culminates in a fully functional grill. More information can be found at www.projectgrill.com.
In addition, Bemis has provided opportunities for high school students to participate in youth apprenticeships through Lakeshore Technical College. Once the student is selected, they are assigned to a Bemis mentor and then spend in excess of 200 hours during the summer and an additional 250 hours during the school year learning and applying lessons learned through their mentor and associates in the field of manufacturing.
TASUS Corporation was recognized, in part, due to its commitment to student internships, mock interviews and career summits. Plastikos leads its local Junior Achievement community and often opens its facility to middle and high school students for tours.
The Educational Outreach Award recipients will be honored at the MAPP Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference on Oct. 13-14 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Additional details on the winning entries will be featured on the MAPP website and in the Fall 2016 issue of Plastics Business.
For more information, email Shelby Trusty or call 317.913.2440.