Union Grove, Wis. — Custom injection molder Plastic Parts Inc. is seeing dividends after just two years from its summer internship program.
Megan Goessl is one example. She started her first internship at Plastic Parts two years ago, right after high school. Now Goessl is a student at the University of Wisconsin Platteville, and this summer she was back at Plastic Parts for a second internship.
During her first internship, Goessl designed a floor plan for a work cell for a major Plastic Parts customer.
"They told me what needed to be in my work cell, and then I had to make it happen and create a flow of process," she said. "They pretty much let me run with it. Like I've told them since, I was completely out of my comfort zone.
"When they first threw it at me, I ran home and I said, 'Mom, these people are crazy. They don't know that I just came out of high school,'" she joked.
"By the end of the summer, I had a fully operating work cell, and I actually had people working under me that I was managing. It worked out amazing. And after I went to college, the work cell continued to run after I was gone. So that felt great for me, to know that it was still running when I wasn't even there," Goessl said. "And I actually see one of the products that I worked on in the stores now. I point at it and say, 'I did some of those.'"
Moses Butler, operations manager at Plastic Parts, is an enthusiastic supporter of the company's internship program.
"Every year we look at our needs and see how we can fill those with interns," Butler said. "You want to develop the talent pool. We're trying to develop people for technical positions to replace people like myself when we retire."
Keith Brown is another internship success story. He did a six-month internship at Plastic Parts in 2017. Now he's at the company full time, developing complex inspection and automation systems.