SPE Plastivan™ Introduces Local High School Students to World of Plastics and Thermoforming
Holyoke, MAÂ – Students from Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, MA will learn all about plastics this month during a visit by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Plastivan™ Outreach Education Program. The program, sponsored by Universal Plastics and the Western New England Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers, will introduce students to plastics chemistry, history, manufacturing, sustainability and applications. Students will participate in hands-on scientific activities as they learn about the advantages of plastics versus other materials, environmental benefits, and careers in engineering. The program will be attended by an estimated 25 students at the school on February 29th.
“We are excited to be a co-sponsor of this event as it complements our outreach efforts in the community to educate young people on the excellent opportunities in manufacturing today”, said Joe Peters, CEO of Universal Plastics. “Many students today still think of manufacturing as dark and dirty factories and not high tech environments offering excellent jobs and wages,“ Peters said. Mr. Peters has been an active proponent of workforce development in Western Massachusetts and educating youth on opportunities in manufacturing. He has been highly involved in the community and is a current Board member of Holyoke Community College Foundation, Career Point, Holyoke Mayor’s Industrial Development Advisory Committee.
The Plastivan, in its 19th year, educates students of all ages throughout North America by “Driving Opportunities in Plastics Engineering and Technology.” The goal of the program is to increase student knowledge of the contributions of plastics in modern life and promote careers in engineering. Specific material covered with the high school students included how plastics are processed and manufactured and information on material used.
“We hope that students attending the session depart with a clearer understanding of how plastic products impact their lives on a daily basis and more importantly be more aware of the many opportunities in engineering and plastics technology today,” Peters said.
About Universal Plastics
Universal Plastics is a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke MA with strong legacy of expertise in manufacturing thermoformed plastic parts of the highest quality with a distinct focus on customer satisfaction. Universal has been in business for over 50 years with a world class management team and currently serves customers in a variety of industries including aerospace, medical device manufacturers, transportation, consumer products, food packaging and electronic companies.
As a custom manufacturer, Universal has made kayaks, air ducts for the Space Shuttle, all of the bus stop signs currently used in New York City and the bow of the submarines used by the Navy Seals. In 2008 they added a 30,000 square foot addition to their Whiting Farms Road building for a total of 100,000 square feet of production and office space. The company is ISO 9001 certified. For more information visit www.universalplastics.com.
The PlastiVan Program is a great way to WOW and excite young people about science and the vast opportunities the plastics industry has to offer. PlastiVans travel to schools and companies throughout North America, educating people of all ages about plastic’s chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and application. Easily integrated into school curricula, the PlastiVan mission is to provide sound science and educational programs which spark scientific curiosity in students while increasing their knowledge of the contribution plastics make to modern life.