Jack Courtemanche, Mold Division Plant Manager, explains how precision mold making is initiated at the GW Plastics Mold Division.
BETHEL, VT – On Friday, October 3rd, GW Plastics opened the doors to their Royalton, VT facility to celebrate National Manufacturing Day 2014. This annual nationwide event (http://www.mfgday.com/) began three years ago to expand 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’re trying to do as much as we can to give jobs to local residents and to boost Vermont’s economy.”
Scott Perkins, Royalton Plant Manager, explains to a group of community members why Scientific Molding is important in making world-class medical devices.
After hosting Manufacturing Day 2013 at their global headquarters in Bethel, VT, GW Plastics decided this year to welcome the community into their nearby Royalton, VT facility. In addition to thermoplastic injection molding, contract assembly, and packaging, the Royalton facility also houses GW Plastics Tool Division and Technology Center along with GW Silicones. About 30 students, community members, retired employees, and current employee family members were welcomed by Brenan Riehl, GW Plastics President and CEO, who shared a company overview and explained the Royalton plant products and processes. “Manufacturing is absolutely critical to our way of life. As a trusted supplier to global Fortune 500 healthcare and automotive OEM’s, the components that we make here help save patient and passenger lives,” said Riehl. Tempesta then informed the group about the many exciting career opportunities, internships, and apprenticeships that are currently available at GW Plastics, and the various ways that they 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. “It was absolutely fascinating. I had no idea this level of manufacturing was right here in town,” remarked one community member. “I will definitely be coming back next year. I can’t wait to see what they’ve developed and how they’ve expanded,” commented another visitor.
For more information on GW Plastics, Inc., please visit their website at www.GWPlastics.com. To learn more about current career opportunities, contact Cathy Tempesta at Cathy.Tempesta@GWPlastics.com.
About GW Plastics:
Since its foundation in 1955, GW Plastics has earned a reputation as a top contract manufacturer serving the world’s most successful companies in the healthcare, automotive safety, and consumer/industrial markets. Specializing in complex injection molded thermoplastic and silicone solutions, GW Plastics excels at close tolerance mold building, precision injection molding, and contract assembly. Core competencies include product development, in-house precision tooling, scientific molding, and automated assembly. With leading-edge technologies, a Six Sigma quality commitment, and a relentless pursuit of innovation, GW Plastics continues to attract and delight industry-leading customers who seek consistency of ownership, financial stability, a professional leadership team, and a workforce with the experience to deliver on-time and within budget. Headquartered in Bethel, Vermont, the company’s standardized ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001, ISO/TS 16949 and FDA-registered manufacturing facilities are located in Bethel and Royalton, Vermont; San Antonio, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; Querétaro, Mexico; and Dongguan, China.
For more information, contact:
Inside Sales and Marketing Coordinator
GW Plastics, Inc.
239 Pleasant Street
Bethel, VT 05032