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SCHOTT Draws Community Members to Manufacturing Day Event

SCHOTT’s Lebanon, Pa. pharmaceutical packaging plant led tours and presentations to educate community members about the production facility
SCHOTT North America, Inc. participated in Manufacturing Day 2013 (MFG Day) at its Lebanon, Pa. production facility. The SCHOTT Lebanon factory produces pharmaceutical packaging materials and is a prime example of the American manufacturing revival. Through MFG Day, the Lebanon factory showcased the strength of American industry and the importance of manufacturing jobs.
Visitors tour SCHOTT's pharmaceutical packaging plant, showcasing vial and syringe production during Manufacturing Day
Visitors tour SCHOTT's pharmaceutical packaging plant, showcasing vial and syringe production during Manufacturing Day
This year marks the second year of observance of MFG Day, which is spearheaded by the National Association of Manufacturers. It is held on the first Friday of October, and allows U.S. manufacturers to open their doors to the community to offer a first-hand look at the state of modern manufacturing. The SCHOTT employees in Lebanon led a series of tours and presentations for local high school students, family members, and neighboring businesses, as well as Pennsylvania State Representative RoseMarie Swanger, to showcase the breadth of the pharmaceutical packaging industry and stir up interest in manufacturing careers.

“We joined manufacturing companies across America to exhibit our growing operations to the local community, while also illustrating the larger opportunities in U.S. manufacturing now that the sector is growing again,” said Chris Sellards, General Manager at SCHOTT’s Pharmaceutical Packaging Division in Lebanon. “But one major hurdle that stands in the way of continued growth is hiring skilled workers. Often, manufacturing jobs are pegged as antiquated and low-skilled work, and this stigma slims down the applicant pool. In reality, manufacturing jobs require highly skilled employees who operate cutting-edge machinery for competitive wages. MFG Day provides manufacturers an opportunity to dispel the industry’s myths and spark interest in the field among younger generations.”

Sellards, Steve Manz, Vials Forming Production Manager, Valerie Stevenson, Vials Visual Inspection and Packaging Manager, and Kris Koch, Syringe Operations Manager, led tours to provide an overview of the pharmaceutical packaging plant, showcasing the stages of vial and syringe production—including glass forming, visual inspection, the syringe wash line, and packing.

SCHOTT employees’ poster sessions highlighted various pharmaceutical packaging manufacturing processes, such as the electro-mechanic technician apprenticeship program which has recently been certified by the state of Pennsylvania, the plant’s lean philosophy, safety, vial engineering projects, syringe engineering projects, preventative maintenance, and manufacturing execution systems.

SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glass and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers' success and making SCHOTT an important part of people's lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales operations in all major markets. Its workforce of around 16,000 employees generated worldwide sales of $2.6 billion (approximately 2.0 billion euros) for the 2011/2012 fiscal year.

Media contact:
Rina Della Vecchia
SCHOTT North America, Inc.
Office: 914-831-2286

Agency Contact:
Mike Lizun on behalf of SCHOTT
Office: 610-642-1435
Rep. RoseMarie Swanger visting SCHOTT's pharmaceutical packaging facility during Manufacturing Day
Rep. RoseMarie Swanger visting SCHOTT's pharmaceutical packaging facility during Manufacturing Day
Further information
SCHOTT North America, Inc.
Rina Della Vecchia
555 Taxter Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
Phone: 914-831-2286
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