Western Moldmakers Support Plastics Education and Future of Industry

May 12, 2010

SPI's Western Moldmakers recently awarded two colleges and two high schools a combined total of $7,500 through their 2009-2010 grant program. Over the last 14 years the group has donated nearly $80,000 to Western-based schools and universities with moldmaking programs, as well as other educational programs that promote plastics. Their mission is simple: Keep moldmaking in the U.S. alive by educating young people to revive a graying industry.

Recipients of the grants for 2009-2010 are:

  • California State Polytechnic University -Pomona
  • California State University-Chico
  • Corona High School (Corona, CA)
  • Santiago High School (Corona, CA)

Progressive Components, an SPI member company that designs and distributes mold components for the injection molding industry, made a generous donation to the group's grant-making fund. In addition, the SPI Western Moldmakers raise funds through two annual events - the Mike Koebel Trade Fair and the Mike Koebel Golf Tournament on June 26th in Norco, Calif. Get tournament registration information here.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $373 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900,000 American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at http://www.plasticsindustry.org and http://www.inthehopper.org.

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."

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