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ARLINGTON — A national industry group has recognized Mack Molding, a custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services, for its workforce cultivation efforts.

The company won second place in the annual Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors' Educational Outreach Awards, announced earlier this month at the organization's Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference in Indianapolis, I.N. More than 300 members of MAPP voted on this year's nominees, according to a company news release.

Winners of the award may direct a donation from MAPP to an educational institution or program of their choice. Mack elected to send its $750, second-place prize the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, which helped the company launch its biennial Made in Vermont Days program several years ago. That program allows high school students from Southern Vermont and New York state to visit the company's headquarters.

VMEC "helped launch our Made in Vermont Days program in 2014 and trained our employees to conduct a manufacturing flow game that puts context behind what students witnessed on the tour," Mack President Jeff Somple said in the news release. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to give back to VMEC as it delivers on its mission to strengthen and empower Vermont Manufacturers."

About 150 children and educators have visited Mack over the last year, the company said. Mack also operates an internship program and, in recent years, has hired 19 former interns to work full-time.


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