Earn-and-learn program opens path to new workers

North Carolina molder Bright Plastics finds success with apprenticeship program, supporting a career path that has already produced one full-time employee.As a young person who has always liked working with his hands, Phillip Fuller was looking for something other than the traditional four-year college track as his high school career was beginning to wind down.Meanwhile, molder Bright

In Search for New Workers, Guilford County Manufacturers Turn to Young Apprentices

Sept. 03--WHITSETT -- About three years ago, Garrison Weavil got wind of a deal that seemed too good to be true. A counselor at Southeast Guilford High told him that if he signed up to be an apprentice, he'd have a guaranteed full-time job -- plus benefits -- for four years. His GTCC classes would

Strength in Numbers – Bright Plastics Increases Its Fleet of Molding Machines

Greensboro, NC – June 6, 2017 – Bright Plastics, a custom injection molding company, has added a new, all-electric, 1550-ton molding machine to its powerhouse in the Cessna Drive Manufacturing and Logistics Hub – the company's second facility in addition to the Corporate Manufacturing Center on W. Gate City Blvd. Kirk Sparks, President of Bright

Apprenticeship Program Helping Guilford County High School Students Match with Employers

They may own rooms full of whirring machines, but manufacturers such as Greensboro’s Bright Plastics still have a lot in common with the smiths of pre-industrial times. That includes the need to train new generations of skilled technicians in some very specific practices and procedures. So they are turning to apprentices. Six Triad manufacturers teamed

Bright Plastics Adds Cleanroom Molding Machine and CNC Technology

Greensboro, NC – October 27, 2016 – Bright Plastics, a custom injection molding company, has added to its arsenal of machinery, further enhancing operations and sharing the benefit of efficiencies with customers. Bright recently purchased a Hurco® CNC machine which will allow the company to build and repair more molds in house. Bright Plastics’ Vice

Processors Take Responsibility for Skills Training

Plastics processors around the country are concerned about where they're going to find the next generation of skilled workers. Too often, this can mean looking for someone to blame - public schools, community colleges, families, politicians.Read the article by Don Loepp.

Local Industry Leading Local Training Efforts

Playing on the Heavy Metal theme of attracting young people to manufacturing, we turn to Greensboro, N.C. - and an impressive new county-wide apprenticeship program for high school students ... One main goal of this blog is to let readers share ideas on how to recruit the next generation of skilled plastics workers ... Read

Joe Vest and Doug Tichy contribute to Lisa Lupo’s Integrated Nation

Joe Vest and Doug Tichy, Bright Plastics' Vice President and Medical Manager, respectively, contribute to Lisa Lupo's Integrated Nation – A Special Report on Cleanroom Equipment in the March, 2016 issue of Plastics Machinery. See pages 12 – 21. Customers are pushing manufacturers to innovate and evolve, contributing to changes in clean-room equipment. The rise

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