Company Donating Monetary Prize to the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center
ARLINGTON, Vt. (Oct. 23, 2019) – Mack Molding, a leading custom plastic injection molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services, announced today it was honored with second place in the annual Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP) Educational Outreach Awards.
Distributed at the organization’s 2019 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference, which took place Oct. 2-4, 2019 in Indianapolis, the award recognizes MAPP member companies for helping to bridge the manufacturing skills gap and create excitement about plastics manufacturing within their communities. There is a special focus on encouraging students to discover the rewards of a career in plastics manufacturing.
Winners of this award receive a donation from MAPP to the recipient’s educational institution or program of choice. Mack has selected the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) in recognition of the organization’s support of the Company’s outreach endeavors.
“Mack’s workforce cultivation efforts have greatly benefited from VMEC, which helped launch our Made in Vermont Days program in 2014 and trained our employees to conduct a manufacturing flow game that puts context behind what students witnessed on the tour,” said Mack President Jeff Somple. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to give back to VMEC as it delivers on its mission to strengthen and empower Vermont Manufacturers.”
Mack’s outreach efforts include its biennial Made in Vermont Days, which attract students from high schools in Southern Vermont and New York state to get a first-hand look at the Company’s operations. Other local schools also visit throughout the year, with some 150 children and educators entering Mack’s doors in the last 12 months. Additionally, the Company’s internship program offers students real-world experience while helping them envision a rewarding life in Vermont. The program has become a significant source of recruitment for the Company, with 19 former interns accepting full-time positons in recent years.
“With more than 300 MAPP members voting on this year’s nominees, we are honored to be recognized and share our peers’ commitment to inspiring a new generation of manufacturers,” Somple said. “As we prepare to celebrate our centennial, it is exciting to see our workforce development efforts have brought us young engineers, technicians and leaders who are prepared to bring us into our next 100 years.”
About Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center
VMEC is a Vermont resource and trusted advisor to enterprises of all sizes. Since 1995, the VMEC team has brought world-class expertise through consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation support, and training and education for leaders and workers. VMEC provides proven systems and solutions focused on strategies, processes, products, technologies and people. For more information, go to www.vmec.org.
About Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors
Established in 1996, the Manufacturers Association for Plastic Processors is managed by plastics business leaders and has over 430 member companies nationwide. The association works to provide manufacturers with bottom line impacting programs, networking and additional beneficial services. For more information, go to www.mappinc.com.
About Mack Molding
Mack Molding is a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services. Mack specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, full-service machining and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately owned business that operates 11 facilities throughout the world. Don Kendall is CEO and chairman. For more information, go to www.mack.com.
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