GW Plastics Wins Plastics News’ 2015 “Sustained Excellence” Award

GW Plastics is pleased to announce that we have been selected as Plastics News’ “Sustained Excellence” award winner for 2015. This prestigious award honoring continued excellence in well-rounded plastic processing companies was announced at the Plastics News’ Executive Forum in Naples, FL.

The award is given only to past Processor of the Year winners — which Plastics News awarded to GW Plastics in 2009 – and is given to the company that has best sustained their level of excellence year after year. GW Plastics was judged on a number of continuous improvement categories, including financial excellence and proof the company has been profitable every year since winning Processor of the Year. We were also judged on extraordinary new developments that have been instrumental to our company’s success.

GW Plastics was recognized for our revenue and employment growth, which both doubled during the last six years. Our commitment to reinvesting into our company is clear, spending over $40,000,000 on plants and equipment since 2009 and adding seven Fortune 500® customers during the same period.

Plastics News acknowledged GW Plastics for its growth in medical device contract manufacturing, providing the world’s most successful healthcare companies with fully assembled and packaged medical devices. Plastics News noted our company-wide investment and transformation in all of our operations, supporting world-class manufacturing of medical devices and automotive safety critical components.

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GW Plastics was also recognized for our innovative approach to career development and workforce training. In response to a growing national skilled labor shortage, we have created a unique training program capable of ensuring a sustainable pipeline of skilled workers. The program begins at the high school level, where local students are able to enroll in the GW Plastics’ “School of Tech” for an introduction into advanced manufacturing. Students design, manufacture, and market their own product over the course of an entire semester under the leadership of our team. From there, we fund a generous college scholarship program in collaboration with Vermont Technical College, in which recipients are also eligible for a paid summer internship at GW Plastics. Between the scholarship and internship program, it is possible for a student to completely cover the tuition cost of an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. We also offer several workplace training options for our employees, including a Manufacturing Technology Leadership Program, a Toolmaker, Molding, and Automation Apprenticeship Program, and Scientific Injection Molding certification courses.

Brenan Riehl, President and CEO, attributes our company’s success to our stability of ownership, highly trained and tenured workforce, and commitment to long-term customer relationships. “This is only the second year that Plastics News has given the ‘Sustained Excellence’ award, and I could not be more thrilled that GW Plastics received this recognition,” said Riehl.  “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Plastics News and all of our hardworking associates worldwide for continuing to improve and strengthen our company, helping us to serve our customers better every year.”

Global market-leading companies choose GW Plastics to deliver their most challenging projects. To learn more about how our sustained excellence can help you succeed with your next project, please visit our booth #1615 at the MD&M East 2016 Exposition in New York City this June 14-16. For more information, please contact Anthony Fleszar, North America Sales Manager, at Anthony.Fleszar@GWPlastics.com or visit our website at www.GWPlastics.com.

GW Plastics Opens New China Facility

In response to our rapidly growing medical device contract manufacturing business, we are proud to announce the completion of our new state-of-the-art facilities in Dongguan, China.

Through this expansion, we have more than doubled the size of our plant, and our new 125,000 square foot facility will permit us to streamline our tooling, molding, and medical device assembly operations while leaving significant room for future contract manufacturing growth. Now fully operational, the new facilities feature product development and in-house tool building services, scientific injection molding capabilities to ensure device standardization, and both automated and manual assembly services. We plan to enhance our Asia manufacturing capabilities with Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) injection molding, as well as customer product development support with increased prototyping, bridge tooling, mold sampling, and short-run production. GW Dongguan

With the expansion of our facilities in China, we can provide our customers with the option to commercialize a project domestically in the United States or in a low-cost country (LCCS ), delivering a flexible yet cost-effective manufacturing alternative that many companies cannot offer. “This has allowed us to become a natural extension of our customers’ production capabilities by providing them with a reliable and proven partner to confidently develop and manufacture their finished medical devices across the globe,” said Brenan Riehl, President and CEO.

To learn more about this expansion or our capabilities in China, please contact Ben Bouchard, VP International Business Development and Managing Director – China, or visit our website.

Make Your Time Matter At MD&M West 2016!

This week, GW Plastics will be exhibiting at the 2016 MD&M West Exposition in Anaheim, CA. At the nation’s largest medical device event, visitors can learn about our newest medical technologies, connect with our team of healthcare professionals, and get an up-close look at what we do here at GW Plastics and our affiliate, GW Silicones.

For over 60 years, GW Plastics has been pioneering plastic injection molding and contract manufacturing services for the world’s most successful companies. We are ready to find a solution for you, too.
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Second “School of Tech” Class Designs New Product

In response to a growing regional and national skilled labor shortage, GW Plastics is leading the way in workforce training, career development, and community educational outreach through their innovative high school program. Last week, we celebrated the graduation of our second “School of Tech” class and we are proud to announce the steady growth of the program.

GW Plastics began our “School of Tech” program in 2015 after two years of planning with local state and school officials. The semester-long program focuses on raising awareness among local youths about careers in advanced manufacturing. “It is very difficult to find a high school shop class that provides relevant training in our industry,” says Cathy Tempesta, Director of Human Resources. “There are limited ways for students to become exposed to the world of manufacturing, so we launched our own ‘school’ in order to make manufacturing attractive again.” GW Plastics recruits our own employees in collaboration with high school teachers to instruct the students on all things manufacturing, including polymer science, product design, mold building, injection molding, automation, quality assurance, and general business skills. Each semester includes a visit to Gifford Medical Center in Randolph where the students can see our healthcare products used in real life and learn about the ramifications if a device is not manufactured to the highest level of quality possible.

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“School of Tech” students learning how to operate an endoscopic surgical device at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, VT.

In just two semesters, the program has grown in popularity and includes actual interaction with advanced machine tools, molding machines, and other technologies instead of just classroom instruction. This semester’s students took it a step further, and by the end of the semester they had not only studied manufacturing techniques, but they also designed and manufactured their own product – cell phone holders that are now being sold at their school. This real-life process helps the students understand everything from concept through production including the satisfaction of bringing a product to market.

Our innovative and holistic “School of Tech” program makes students think in a more sustainable and global way, ultimately creating experienced and knowledgeable young professionals. “We could not be more thrilled that these students are as engaged as they are in this program,” said Tempesta. “Most of these students have never been in a manufacturing environment before, and now they have successfully designed and manufactured their own product. These experiences that the students are now able to list on a future college or job application are unparalleled.”

GW Plastics already has plans to expand our “School of Tech” program, with the next semester of students starting at the end of January. We have also broken ground on our Royalton, VT site expansion, which will allow for extra classrooms and enhanced training facilities for the students to use. “We are delighted to be able to give back to our community and our local students to help them prepare for wherever their career interests take them,” said Brenan Riehl, President and CEO. “Our investment in these students and commitment to this program runs deep, and we are thrilled to have both the facilities and the volunteer staff to help expand our program and restore excitement to a career in manufacturing.”

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Please join us in congratulating the following students on a successful semester: Nathan Gray, Ethan French, Zavier Henderson, Cameron Jarvis, Gurion Lake, Alexander Russell, and Connor Wheatley. In addition, we would like to extend sincere gratitude to Randolph Union High School teacher Ken Cadow for his dedication to this program and the staff of RUHS for their ongoing support.

To learn more about the “School of Tech” program and our workforce training initiatives, please contact Cathy Tempesta at Cathy.Tempesta@GWPlastics.com or visit our website at www.GWPlastics.com.

Breaking Ground in Royalton

We have officially broken ground on our Royalton, VT expansion! We could not be more excited to see the progress on our new space, which will allow for an additional 30 thermoplastic and LSR injection molding machines, an enlarged Class 8 cleanroom, and improved workforce training and development facilities.

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Can you believe that this is mid-December in Vermont? We think that Mother Nature is choosing to work in our favor.

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For all the details on this expansion, please visit our website or read our press release. Check back soon for more updates!

Happy Thanksgiving from GW Plastics!

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already here, and GW Plastics is abuzz with holiday cheer.

We who are part of the GW Plastics team have a lot to be thankful for. Despite times of economic uncertainty, our company has always shown stability of ownership and leadership and steady growth. Just this past year, we expanded 3 of our facilities and are gearing up for another major expansion in our Royalton, VT facilities. In a year that marks our 60th anniversary, we could not be more excited about our commitment to growing locally and internationally.

Our company is built around the philosophy that “a great life starts with a great career”, and we work tirelessly to ensure that this happens for all of our team members.

So, what is our family giving thanks for this year?

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GW Plastics would like to extend a warm thank you to all of our loyal customers, dedicated employees, community members, and supporters for your commitment to our company.

Happy Thanksgiving from the GW Plastics family!

We’re Expanding!

In response to our growing medical device business, GW Plastics is proud to announce the expansion of our Royalton, Vermont Manufacturing and Technology Center.  We plan to break ground later this month on a 21,000 square foot expansion – scalable to 50,000 square feet — to accommodate the additional growth of our Thermoplastic and Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) injection molding and medical device contract assembly business.  The expansion will also allow for improved workforce training and development facilities at our Technical and Training Center, where we conduct scientific injection molding training and manufacturing classes for our employees, customers, and local area high schools.

When complete, the expansion will be capable of housing an additional 30 thermoplastic and LSR injection molding machines and an enlarged Class 8 cleanroom for our affiliate, GW Silicones.  GW Plastics expects to add over 70 jobs and invest over $10,000,000 in real estate and equipment over the next 3 to 5 years, responsive to customer demand. “In a year that marks GW Plastics’ 60th anniversary, we are delighted to announce this expansion reaffirming our commitment to growing in Vermont while serving the needs of our customers globally,” stated Brenan Riehl, President and CEO.

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The State of Vermont offered a variety of incentives to assist us with this expansion.  “We are delighted to partner with GW Plastics for this critical expansion,” commented Vermont’s Commerce Secretary Patricia Moulton.  “GW Plastics continues to thrive in Vermont due to superb management and workforce. We look forward to another 60 years of growth for this advanced manufacturer.”

In the last year, GW Plastics has completed expansions in our Bethel, Vermont; Tucson, Arizona; and Dongguan, China facilities.  We also plan to expand our San Antonio, Texas facility in 2016 as we continue to grow in the southwest with leading medical device and automotive safety critical customers.

For more information, please visit our website at www.gwplastics.com.

GW Plastics Celebrates National Manufacturing Day 2015

On Friday, October 2nd, GW Plastics opened the doors to our headquarters in Bethel, VT to celebrate National Manufacturing Day 2015. This annual nationwide event (http://www.mfgday.com/) began four years ago and it focuses on expanding public knowledge about manufacturing and its value to the U.S. economy while addressing the skilled labor shortage in our country.

As one of Vermont’s largest manufacturers, GW Plastics has a long history of creating jobs in Vermont and providing young people with compelling reasons to live and work locally. “There are very few opportunities for students to be exposed to high-quality manufacturing, and we enjoy opportunities to show Vermont’s youth that there are great career opportunities right in their backyard,” said Cathy Tempesta, GW Plastics Director of Human Resources. “We are trying to do as much as we can to give jobs to local residents and to boost Vermont’s economy.”

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Bob Halaquist, Corporate Director of  Quality, gives a tour to community members.

After hosting Manufacturing Day 2014 at our nearby Royalton, VT facilities, we decided this year to welcome the community back into our corporate headquarters, which was originally used as a dairy barn. About 25 students, community members, retired employees, and current employee family members were welcomed by Tempesta, who shared a company overview and explained the Bethel plant products and processes. The group was then taught about the many exciting career opportunities, internships, and apprenticeships that are currently available at GW Plastics, and the various ways that we help students receive a great education through GW-sponsored scholarship programs and tuition assistance.

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Visitors were then supplied with cleanroom gowns, hair covers, and safety glasses, and given an in-depth tour of the operational facilities, where they witnessed world-class manufacturing first-hand. “I had no idea this level of manufacturing was right here in town,” remarked one community member. “To watch a life-saving medical device being created is truly fascinating.”

For the first time, our School of Tech students were also able to participate in this celebration. “It was amazing to see what we’ve learned about in the classroom actually being done in a machine,” commented one student.

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Greg Butterfield, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, explains machine functions to the School of Tech students.

To learn more about our celebration or our current career opportunities, please contact Cathy Tempesta at Cathy.Tempesta@GWPlastics.com or visit our website at http://www.gwplastics.com/about-us/careers/.

GW Plastics Attends MEDTEC China 2015

This September 22-24, GW Plastics will be exhibiting at the 2015 MEDTEC China Exposition in Shanghai. As the country’s dedicated medical device trade show, MEDTEC China connects international OEMs with world-class suppliers, in addition to educating participants on emerging scientific developments and new market trends.

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Visitors to our booth can connect with our team of healthcare professionals to learn more about our newest technologies, contract manufacturing services, and the expansion of our Dongguan, China facilities. We will be exhibiting our healthcare manufacturing solutions and several of our key team members are ready to speak with you about how we can deliver success for your company. We are excited to give you an up-close look at what we do here at GW Plastics!

If you would like to schedule a time to visit our booth (#E-207), please email Ben Bouchard, VP International Business Development and Managing Director – China, at Ben.Bouchard@GWPlastics.com. Otherwise, feel free to stop by anytime!

We look forward to seeing you in China!

GW Plastics 2015 Annual Picnic

Last week, GW Plastics held our annual company picnic at Silver Lake in nearby Barnard, VT. Current and retired employees from all over the area came to celebrate another prosperous year, and it could not have been a better summer day in Vermont.

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Everyone seemed to enjoy the chance to relax and soak up the warm weather, and between the fun games for kids, HR raffles, and delicious food, there were plenty of activities for all.

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We love having the opportunity to celebrate our team members’ hard work. Thanks for another great year!

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