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01-24-2014, Lebanon, PA

SCHOTT Hosts Congressman Dent for an In-depth Look at American Manufacturing

Congressman Charlie Dent visits SCHOTT’s pharmaceutical packaging plant
Congressman Charlie Dent (R-15) recently visited the 200-employee SCHOTT pharmaceutical packaging plant in Lebanon, Pa. to view the state of modern manufacturing and meet with employees to discuss the importance of manufacturing jobs.
Congressman Charlie Dent (2nd from L) with employees from SCHOTT
Congressman Charlie Dent (2nd from L) with employees from SCHOTT
Kris Koch, Operations Manager for the Syringe Business at SCHOTT, and other plant employees welcomed Congressman Dent, a member of the House Appropriations and Ethics Committees. Dent is also a principal member of the German-American Caucus in Congress, which focuses on strengthening cultural and economic ties between the United States and Germany. The caucus specifically aims to unite U.S. and German businesses, like SCHOTT, and encourage investments in America.

SCHOTT provided Congressman Dent with an overview of pharmaceutical packaging as he toured the plant, showcasing the stages of vial and syringe production, including glass forming, visual inspection, the syringe wash line, and packing. As one of only two companies to produce high-quality, ready-to-fill syringes in the United States, SCHOTT demonstrated to Dent its continued investment in Lebanon as a high-end production site.

SCHOTT employees also discussed the recently established electro-mechanic technician apprenticeship program, which trains novices in highly technical packaging jobs. Employees also thanked Dent for his leadership in Congress in urging relief from onerous tariffs. This initiative allows SCHOTT’s Lebanon plant to remain competitive and productive, and in turn grow its workforce.

“American manufacturing is alive and well, and we're proud to demonstrate to Congressman Dent the contributions companies like SCHOTT make to industry and local economies,” said Operations Manager Kris Koch. “Now is the time to invest in the future of U.S. manufacturing, and we thank the Congressman for visiting our facility, supporting our district and working diligently in Washington to foster economic opportunity. We hope this visit helps him further understand the efforts companies like ours are making to create jobs and close the skills gap, as well as advancing manufacturing of high value products that are in demand globally."

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 units 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.

Press contacts:

Victoria Sanville
Manager, Government Communications
SCHOTT Government Services, LLC
Office: 703-418-1409 ext 112

Mike Lizun
Gregory FCA on behalf of SCHOTT
Office: 610-642-1435
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