Scientific injection molding company All-Plastics announced that it has received a COVID-19 initiative training grant through the state of Texas and Alamo Colleges. The company said that it will use the grant to teach needed skills specific to injection molding manufacturing and advancing employees into tier training programs for higher wages based on skills or promoting them into new job positions created or available within the company.
The Skills Development Fund COVID-19 Special Initiative is a new program from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said the press release published on the All-Plastics website. The funding provides assistance to employers for training new and incumbent workers for business partners affected by COVID-19.
All-Plastics did not say how much money it received, but grant awards range from $50,000 to $250,000 and are awarded in $50,000 increments, according to the TWC website.
Since the global pandemic started, there has been an increase in required production of disposable medical parts to support the rise in healthcare demand. When the United States declared a national emergency, the demand for disposable infection prevention products alone has tripled, said All-Plastics. The company primarily manufactures medical products for infection prevention, vascular, respiratory, diagnostics, orthopedic, and wound management.
All-Plastics, which operates manufacturing plants near Dallas and San Antonio, TX, said that it has a diverse workforce and has available jobs from non-skilled entry-level to highly technical trade and engineering positions. All-Plastics manufactures and ships more than 30 million components per month.
“Even though it might have felt like the world stopped in March, we have continued to hire new talent throughout the pandemic,” said Jennifer Latiolais, Development Director. “We are seeing an influx of applicants from all walks of life. People are getting engaged in manufacturing and see the job sustainability for the future. Not everyone gets to go to work everyday and make something that will save someone’s life. We do,” said Latiolais.