PIRC Director's Message
The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (PIRC) will represent Pennsylvania, as well as showcase our plastics program in Team Pennsylvania's pavilion at the National Plastics Exposition (NPE2015) this March 23-27 in Orlando, Florida. Team PA's goal at the International Plastics Showcase is to further raise awareness of the economic resurgence and highlight the robust plastics manufacturing and energy landscape in Pennsylvania. My mission at the conference, in addition to presenting the plastics program at Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College), is to support the objective of attracting and retaining businesses and creating jobs in Pennsylvania. I will be conducting interviews with trade media journalists, educational sessions at the Team PA Pavilion, address companies at a private dinner, and participate in meetings organized by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
A video produced by DCED featuring the PIRC in conjunction with the Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology Program will be displayed in the Team PA pavilion at NPE. The video will feature the two Centers of Excellence (Rotomolding & Thermoforming) as well as other unique features of our program. It will show hands-on instruction in the plastics program with students and instructors in labs. This will generate national exposure for the Penn College plastics program. In March, the PIRC and plastics academic program will be one of the stops on a tour of European companies to a number of American industries on the East Coast. These European companies will be escorted by the SPE Thermoforming Division. The PIRC will feature its Thermoforming Center of Excellence.
The PIRC was selected to participate in an upcoming plastics manufacturing and energy media tour on behalf of the Pennsylvania DCED. An intimate group of mostly trade journalists will visit several companies in northern/northeastern Pennsylvania, likely in late April 2015. They want to showcase the outstanding companies/organizations in this region that are contributing to the robust plastics manufacturing and energy landscape in Pennsylvania.
The PIRC entertained a group including the North American Managing Director from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) on December 5, 2014. SPE is an elite group of plastics industry professionals who are very interested in the growth of the plastics industry. SPE has made significant contributions to the Penn College plastics program, equipment, and student scholarships. The visiting group attended senior student presentations, the academic industry advisory board meeting, toured the facilities, and discussed partnership programs with the PIRC.
We hope you will take advantage of our upcoming workshops. Our instructors are worldrenowned and offer hands-on training at our location in Williamsport, PA. Our classes fill quickly, reserve your seat now. We also offer customized courses, delivered at your location. Please call us for more information.
As always, your feedback is welcome.
C. Hank White