The event was held to mark National Manufacturing Day, organized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), which aims to address labor opportunities, connect with future generations of manufacturers and ensure the success of the manufacturing industry.
PPG’s Barberton facility employs about 160 people and manufactures specialty materials. These include optical casting resins for eyewear applications; TESLIN® substrate, which is a synthetic printing sheet used in a wide variety of applications that include security and loyalty cards; and design silicas used in the manufacture of paints, tires and reinforced rubber products. In addition, the plant manufactures organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products used in smartphone screens.
Students and faculty learned about the various operations of the facility and find out about career opportunities in manufacturing, the importance of safety and the products that PPG manufactures.
“I think giving students options for the future is a great way for them to find what they want to do after school,” said Ted Ladd, PPG plant manager, Barberton. “Manufacturing is a profession that has so many different kinds of jobs available, and I am hopeful we can provide some career guidance during National Manufacturing Day.”