SHERBURNE — Chenango Valley Technologies (CVT) on Oct. 4 hosted more than 100 students from local high schools, as well as customers, vendors, and the general public as part of the national Manufacturing (MFG) Day 2019.
The day sought to highlight modern manufacturing as “a vibrant and growing industry that offers diverse, high-paying career opportunities,” according to a news release from CVT. The event showcased a tour of CVT’s plastic injection molding plant and tooling shop in Sherburne in Chenango County.
CVT is a custom contract manufacturing company, specializing in plastic injection molding and tooling. It is a family owned and run company that was founded in 1972.
“We highlighted local companies that we work with showcasing the parts that we produce for them. We also provided descriptions and examples of how a part goes from solid model, into design, mold design, mold making, and ultimately the production of the parts themselves,” CVT said in the release. “This allowed our attendees to see the process involved in the production of these parts and jobs associated with them” including: sales, engineering, process engineering, toolmaking, mold tech, and machine operator.
MFG Day, an annual, national event held at sites across the country, is supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, and community members at open houses, plant tours to “change perceptions of manufacturing and highlight the high-tech and innovative companies that are solving tomorrow’s challenges today.”
Dan Bigger, director of sales/marketing with Chenango Valley Technologies, said, “Our event, and the larger MFG Day initiative, allows manufacturing companies like ours to showcase what manufacturing is really about. We are proud to highlight the innovative work we are doing in Sherburne and hope our event today inspires the next generation of workforce talent to pursue a rewarding career in plastics and manufacturing.”
First held in 2012 by its founder, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, MFG Day is now organized by the Manufacturing Institute — the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers. The kick-off events around the country and month-long initiative gives manufacturers the chance to address the skills gaps they face, connect with future generations, and take charge of the public image of manufacturing, the release stated.