Grants Support PIRC Training for Area Plastics Firms

Published 04.07.2014


The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology is administering subsidized training for plastics-related companies and their employees, thanks to $81,834 in funding from the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.

The grants support training for 70 professionals from nine companies. Additionally, a $1,054 grant from Make it in America Challenge, a federal initiative, backs training of four other employees.

The Advanced Manufacturing Training-Lean Black Belt Six Sigma Grant covers representatives from Construction Specialties, Muncy; First Quality Products Inc., McElhattan and Lock Haven; and Overhead Door Co. of Lycoming County, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. and Wirewrope Works Inc., all of Williamsport. Lean Black Belt Six Sigma refers to a set of tools and strategies for process improvement.

Employees of Autoneum and Kydex LLC, both of Bloomsburg; Berwick Offray, Berwick; Playworld Systems Inc., Lewisburg; as well as Construction Specialties are being trained with funding from the Plastics Industry Training Grant.

CPWDC is a nonprofit agency dedicated to enhancing a workforce system to support the central Pennsylvania economy.

The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Penn College is a national leader in plastics research, development and education. To learn about its services, call 570-321-5533.

For more about Penn College, which is celebrating its Centennial throughout 2014, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

For more information about grant-funding opportunities, faculty and staff may contact the Grants and Contracts Office at ext. 7580 or through its Web portal.