Colorado processors eager to attract high school students to careers in the plastics industry are participating in Career Expo, scheduled for March 9 at Twin Peaks Mall in Longmont, Colo. The week leading up to that day will feature area visits by the PlastiVan from the National Plastics Center and Museum in Leominster, Mass. John Beach, general manager of Nypro Colorado in Longmont, along with Noel Ginsburg, president of Intertech Plastics Inc. in Denver, are helping to organize the event.
PlastiVan will visit high schools in the Longmont and Denver areas, providing demonstrations from its PlasticLab to ``get high schoolers interested in plastics as a long-term career,'' Beach said.
Local processors have put together a booth for Career Expo, which is sponsored by the Longmont Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Department. The booth will feature the PlastiVan. Resin suppliers General Polymers of Columbus, Ohio, and M.A. Hanna of Cleveland also contributed to the sponsorship of PlastiVan's Colorado tour.
PlastiVan's original sponsorship was provided by Nypro Inc. of Clinton, Mass.; Tech Group in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. of Bolton, Ontario; and Hoffer Plastics Corp. in South Elgin, Ill.
In January, the van came to Arizona to tour the state in an outreach program with the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. That effort was coordinated by Tech Group's Steve Uhlmann.
On Jan. 27, the van goes to Anaheim, Calif., then to San Jose, Calif., in a February tour sponsored by the Western Section of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington and member firms.
Beach said PlastiVan is an information resource for students at the elementary and high school levels that many people are not aware of yet.
``[Plastics industry people] have to pick up the tab,'' said Beach, ``but we think it's a good way to enhance the image of plastics and attract good employees.''