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Rotomolding Workshop Unites Industry Professionals, Experts

More than two dozen professionals recently gathered at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center to learn about rotational molding from some of the most knowledgeable practitioners in the business.

A total of 28 employees from 17 companies and nine states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee) were represented at the eighth annual Hands-On Rotational Molding and Advanced Materials Workshop, joined by participants from Canada and India.

Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager, demonstrates a materials grinder in Penn College’s Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.
Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager, demonstrates a materials grinder in Penn College’s Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.

As in past summers, attendees benefited from the expertise of Paul Nugent, Jerry Ramsey and Terry Gillian, industry luminaries who have become enlightening regulars at the yearly workshops.

They were assisted by Ian C. Killian, PIRC technician; Noah L. Martin, Wilson R. Michael and Logan A. Tate, PIRC research assistants; and Brennan B. Wodrig, PIRC laboratory supervisor and project coordinator.

Satisfaction with the program was evident in testimonials from several of those attending:

  • “This class is an eye-opener for anyone who desires basic knowledge of rotomolding,” said Dennis Byrd, a senior manufacturing engineer with Watkins Manufacturing in Vista, California. “I will go back to work with a handful of tools.”
  • “This course was a giant step in the right direction for my rotational molding knowledge and abilities. This surely enhanced the future quality of our endeavors, personally and for my company,” added Don Macleary, associate lab manager-plastics at Philadelphia’s EMD Performance Materials. “Only a fool in this business wouldn’t take advantage of this!”
  • “The workshop was helpful and informative. The staff and students provided a wonderful learning experience,” said Jennifer Black, a quality group leader at Hedstrom Plastics in Ashland, Ohio. “Paul Nugent is an intelligent source of information regarding rotational molding. I would recommend this course to anyone looking for an educational overview of rotational molding.”

Penn College is among just a handful of institutions in the nation offering degree programs in plastics that are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. For information on the majors within the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

The PIRC is one of the premier plastics technology centers in the nation for research, development and education related to injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, rotational molding and thermoforming. Its Rotational Molding Center of Excellence is a technical resource offering independent, hands-on applied research and development to the rotomolding community.

To learn more about the Rotational Molding Center of Excellence, call 570-321-5533.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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