Southampton, PA — On Tuesday, December 13, plastic tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries welcomed several students and teachers from Neil A. Armstrong Middle School, located in Fairless Hills, Pa. The students made the trip to NewAge to learn about careers in manufacturing and to film their visit as part of a contest.
The annual contest, produced by Dream It. Do It. PA, is designed to bring awareness of manufacturing careers to middle school students. The contest involves the production of a short video that highlights career opportunities at manufacturing companies.
"When I was approached about this," said Ken Baker, NewAge's CEO, "I was on board immediately. I believe it's important for kids to know that manufacturing jobs don't have to be boring. There are positions at NewAge that involve computerized testing and monitoring equipment, innovative machinery development, quality control and clean room operations, engineering, and other advanced manufacturing techniques. They're jobs that may not require a four-year college degree, but STEM skills and a strong desire for continued learning definitely come into play."
Started in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley in 2013, the Dream It Do It PA challenge has widened to include the Greater Philadelphia area, Berks and Chester counties, and the Pittsburgh region. Schools are matched with area manufacturing companies, and the students then visit those companies with their teachers. The children shoot video, take photographs, interview employees, and later edit their footage to produce a video highlighting the types of advanced manufacturing careers available. The videos are organized under a program titled "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?™" and are voted on in February.
Several Armstrong Middle School students and two teachers toured NewAge Industries' silicone tubing production areas, plastic tubing extrusion rooms, custom hose assembly shops, product testing areas, quality assurance stations, and its warehouse.
"The testing areas were quite popular," Baker said. "That's where we stress samples until they rupture and get to blow stuff up."
Baker also noted that "The students and teachers were impressed with the scope of what we do here and seemed to really take it all in, watching how a product is made from start to finish. I hope the experience opened their eyes to the technical aspects and possibilities of manufacturing careers."
Find out more about Pennsylvania's Dream It. Do It. PA program at http://dreamitdoitpa.com/.
For information on current employment opportunities at NewAge Industries, visit http://www.newageindustries.com/employ.asp or contact the Fluid Transfer Specialists® at NewAge Industries, Inc., 145 James Way, Southampton, PA 18966; phone 800-506-3924 or 215-526-2300; fax 800-837-1856 or 215-526-2190; e-mail: email@example.com.
About NewAge® Industries
In business since 1954, NewAge Industries manufactures and fabricates thermoplastic and thermoset tubing and hose. The company offers one of the broadest product lines of tubing, hose, and fittings in the U.S., and its custom extrusion and fabrication services are unrivaled. NewAge Industries maintains an inventory of over ten million feet of tubing and hose and prides itself on same-day shipment of 98% of orders for its core product lines. In 2006, NewAge initiated an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) for the benefit of both its employees and customers.
The AdvantaPure® division of NewAge Industries is ISO 9001:2008 certified and specializes in high purity tubing, hose, single use process manifolds and systems, and other molded components for the pharmaceutical, biomedical, food, beverage, and chemical industries. All products are manufactured, stored, and shipped using the cleanest methods possible to ensure unsurpassed product purity. Automated product identification systems, including gamma stable RFID tags and labels, are offered by NewAge's Verigenics® division.