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Vermont is about more than just maple syrup. Vermont is home to one of the largest world-class custom molding/moldmaking companies in the U.S., GW Plastics. However, not many people in GW's headquarters town of Bethel, Vermont, know that fact, so GW took advantage of Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 4th, to showcase the facility and let the community have an inside look at what the company does.

Clare Goldsberry

October 23, 2013

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GW Plastics does its part to showcase plastics processing on Manufacturing Day

Because GW is always on the lookout for new potential employees to help create more jobs in Vermont, the company welcomed a group of about 35 students and community members to the facility. The visitors were divided in to three groups for a look at GW's activities from initial request for quote to manufacturing and distribution.

Watching how the robots work was so fascinating," said Whitcomb High School students Jillian Hutchins and Ruth Flint. "The manufacturing plant was much bigger than we expected it to be. We had no idea that all of this was happening right next door to our school."

One of GW's focuses has been on creating more jobs and encouraging young people to live and work locally. Because it's so difficult to get people to relocate, GW is committed to growing its own skilled employees, making its own molders and tool makers instead of trying to find people outside the area.

 After the plant tour, GW's Human Resources Director Cathy Tempesta, spoke to the group about the many benefits of working at GW Plastics. One of the most widely-used benefits is tuition assistance, which allows many employees to attend college while GW pays the tuition.

Since the company's founding in 1955, GW Plastics has grown into a full-service contract manufacturer serving global OEMs in the healthcare, automotive safety, and consumer and industrial markets. In addition to the headquarters facility in Bethel, the company has a facility in Royalton, VT, and ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO/TS 16949 and FDA-registered manufacturing facilities in San Antonio, TX; Tucson, AZ; Queretaro, Mexico, and Dongguan, China.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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