PPG announced it will hold an educational event on Oct. 4 for local students at its Dover, Delaware, plant to mark National Manufacturing Day, an initiative organized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to address the skilled labor shortage, connect with future generations of manufacturers and ensure the success of the manufacturing industry.
The PPG Dover plant will welcome high school students from Delaware Technical Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program and instructors and representatives from the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DEMEP). The event will include a tour of the facility followed by presentations on the plant’s processes and products, PPG’s global operations and career opportunities in manufacturing.
The facility, which employs approximately 80 people, makes interior and exterior paint for residential and commercial applications under the OLYMPIC, PPG PITTSBURGH PAINTS and PPG PORTER PAINTS brands.
This is the Dover plant’s fourth year hosting an event with local students for National Manufacturing Day. For the past three years, the facility also has worked with the Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program to allow students to work various jobs at the plant tailored to their personal interests or career goals.
“National Manufacturing Day is exciting for PPG because it presents an opportunity to show students and community members what a manufacturing plant is really like,” said Neal Nicastro, PPG plant manager, Dover. “We will educate the students about the advances in science and technology that have transformed manufacturing into a great industry with many career options.”