Tooling parts supplier D-M-E Co. wants to help secure the tooling industry's future.
The company has launched two scholarships, one for students in two- or four-year colleges and another for continuing education programs for workers at D-M-E's customers, Robert Starr, director of global marketing services, said May 6 at Plastics Encounter in Milwaukee.
The company has heard from toolmakers and molders worried that there are not enough people training for work in the plastics industry to replace the current generation of employees headed toward retirement, Starr said.
The Madison Heights, Mich.-based firm has set aside $20,000 for 20 $1,000 scholarships. Half of the funds are set for students already enrolled in a plastics program in college. Applicants in related fields also can apply if they show an academic focus and interest in applying their education to the plastics industry.
The continuing education fund is open to employees of D-M-E customers and also will provide $1,000 scholarships to send existing workers to training programs — funds that many small mold-making shops may find difficult to finance on their own, he said.
Applications and more information are available at www.dme.net/ education.