ANSONIA, CONN. - Executives of Spectrum Plastics Molding Resources Inc. are strong supporters of industry education and the Society of Plastics of Engineers. Spectrum President Pierre Dziubina was president of the Connecticut SPE Section in 1987-88. The year before, the section president was Thomas Sloss, Spectrum vice president of sales and operations. Edward Flaherty, vice president of manufacturing, will take the SPE post in 1997-98.
The Ansonia molder also is a charter member of the Connecticut Plastics Council, which lobbies the state legislature.
Spectrum is also active in local education, recently hosting a weeklong visit from teachers from Emmett O'Brien Technical High School in Ansonia.
Area molders, organized into the Ansonia-based Naugatuck Valley Deployment Research Program, were instrumental in obtaining a 60-ton Engel injection press placed at Emmett O'Brien. ``This is the first injection molding machine in a high school in the state of Connecticut,'' Sloss said. Juniors and seniors will be using the machine next year.
About 40 percent of Spectrum employees are enrolled in education programs.
``We're spending time and money to train tomorrow's work force,'' Sloss said. ``We see that as very important to our business as we continue to grow.''
As of 1994, Connecticut's plastics industry employed 19,100 people at 339 facilities, according to the most recent figures from the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington.
For the past three years, Flaherty has taught classes at Naugatuck Valley Community Technical College for an SPE program geared to people employed in plastics. Students earn a certificate if they complete four classes, which meet once a week for 16 weeks. Spectrum also supports a state-approved apprenticeship program. Five employees are enrolled in the two-year program.