Currier Plastics' event aims at inspiring kids to pursue manufacturing career.

Processors and suppliers who complain about the paucity of youngsters in the business might want to take a cue from Currier Plastics. Last month, the Auburn, N.Y., injection and blow molder conducted a day-long plant tour for the second-grade class of nearby Herman Avenue Elementary School. The idea was to inspire the young visitors to get a good education and pursue a career in manufacturing. The students learned how the products they see and use every day are made from plastics. On their tour of the molding areas, the children saw how bottles, canisters, and lids are made. They visited Currier’s QC lab to see how science and math are used to measure and test those bottles and lids. “It’s our opportunity to give back to the community, and if we inspire a couple of kids to stay in school and get a good education, then we’ve done our part,” said Gary Kieffer, Currier’s vp of new product development and a tour guide.