Through the years it’s been said our people, products, and legacy here at Milacron are something special- ask Steve Steward, a 35-year veteran of the company. He’s the third in a line of four generations, consisting of five family members, and more than 110 years of tenured service to the Southwest Ohio-based company.

When Steve was hired in Milacron assembly back in 1988, he signed a 20-year commitment within that division. Little did he know the journey his career would take with the company over the next more than three decades, including powerline machines in the old Oakley facility, several years as a specialist of the VH machine (a retired injection molding series), a season of extensive travel in the warranty service sector, facility and organizational transitions, as well as the birth of his twin sons that would also eventually carry on the family legacy for years to come.

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These days Steve works at Milacron’s global headquarters just outside Batavia, Ohio as a Customer Account Specialist in auxiliary parts, where he relies on his extensive 35 years of industry knowledge to help him effectively document and troubleshoot injection molding machines. It’s a vastly different role than the assembly gig that introduced him to Milacron alongside his dad and grandpa in the 80s.

Steve attributes his longevity at Milacron to that of his father’s 44-year commitment to the company. Tom Steward, Jr. started at the Milacron Oakley facility as a University of Cincinnati Engineering Co-Op in the late 60s, before transferring to the Purchasing division at Afton in 1971. Tom Jr. had his hands in many buckets (no pun intended) as the industry shifted and plastics processing continued to expand in the 80s and 90s, including the Contract Service division at the Mt. Orab facility, where he inevitably retired in 2000. His father, the first generation of Stewards employed by the company, actually joined Milacron later in life, spending ten years also in Mt. Orab as a machinist before retiring in the late 1980’s. The apple certainly didn’t fall far from the tree!

Fast-forward to 2024, and Steve’s twin sons, the fourth generation of Stewards at Milacron, proudly stand alongside dad – Dustin in Aftermarket Sales with 13 years of service, and Dylan in General Parts with a decade under his belt. They are confident Great Grandpa Steward would be proud, as well as in awe of the industry and technology trends of today’s Milacron, so much of which has been touched by a Steward for decades-on-end.

Associate Spotlight: The Stewards A Milacron Legacy - Milacron

As for Steve, his 35-year tenure was celebrated during the company’s quarterly associate service award event at the end of 2023. And, although he currently enjoys the presence of his boys as co-workers at the Milacron headquarters facility, their drag racing weekends together are far more entertaining!

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Bemis Manufacturing Company first turned to Milacron in the 1970s for machine solutions that produced a variety of plastics for its operations in both the consumer and commercial markets. From top-of-the-line household products like toilet seats, bidets, and faucets to healthcare solutions, after nearly fifty years in partnership, Milacron still delivers first-class innovation, technology, and service to the processor – a true lifecycle partnership in plastics.

One of their first collaborative advancements, Milacron and Bemis pioneered co-injection technology to improve part performance and cost, while minimizing cycle time and production volume. Eventually, co-injection would help integrate PCR (post-consumer recycled) into the plastics manufacturing process, offering a more sustainable alternative for processors today. The Bemis fleet of Milacron solutions includes a variety of high-pressure injection molding machines, co-injection, and digital control technologies.

Bemis: A lifecycle partner with possibility for decades - Milacron
Bemis: A lifecycle partner with possibility for decades – Milacron

In recent years Bemis posed Milacron with the need for machine retrofits and digital upgrades in an effort to improve scrap rates and sustainability, as well as to save energy.

Today, Bemis manufactures products under its own brands and provides expertise to others, including private-label products and component parts for a variety of consumer, commercial, medical, and industrial markets in five countries around the world.

Milacron values the loyal partnership as the two companies continue to collaborate on advancements in plastics solutions that are groundbreaking and meet public demand.

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Learn more about the solutions and possibilities this partnership has shaped.

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The medical plastics market is an industry that relies on comprehensive manufacturing solutions to meet precise production requirements. Milacron’s cutting-edge Roboshot solutions are designed to meet these high demands with clean-room-ready machines and processes that produce consistent part quality.

The Roboshot’s gold-standard features, like configurable core sequence, flexible I/O, unmatched pressure control, and industry-leading artificial intelligence (AI) keep processors in the medical industry running with tight tolerances and precision year after year.

Milacron’s Roboshot customers are often loyal, as the machine is known worldwide for best-in-class reliability. Elite Biomedical Solutions, a Milacron customer for more than a decade, produces replacement components for infusion and telemetry assets for hospital biomed departments across the United States. Being in healthcare, Elite requires a machine solution that consistently produces with precision, day-in-and-day-out.

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Elite Biomedical Solutions operates a clean-room environment with five Fanuc Roboshots alongside associated auxiliary equipment from Milacron.

“Typically we run low volumes, but very tight tolerances, and that’s healthcare,” explains Elite CEO and Founder, Jeff Smith. “As a result of that, with the Roboshot solution, we’re guaranteed that process to be consistent with every part we make, and we make thousands and thousands of parts weekly.”

Elite Biomedical is a Milacron-only house of five Roboshots that are flanked with various pieces of Milacron auxiliary equipment to support.  A company that got its start in the basement of CEO, Jeff Smith’s home nearly a decade ago, Elite has grown to a multi-million-dollar business in a short period of time. The growth has even allowed the company to branch off with its own custom contract manufacturing segment, Elite Precision Plastics.

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The Elite Biomedical team outside its Cincinnati, OH headquarters.

Smith attributes the success of his dynamic business to not just the reliability of his Roboshot fleet, but the ease of working with Milacron through the years for all his company’s plastics processing needs.

“We do all of our shopping with Milacron and get all our accessory equipment through them and their partnerships,” he said. “They’ve been very consistent. Their training is all the same. And, who’s going to take care of us is all the same. It brings a sense of security and peace of mind, which is important to me as CEO.”

Learn more about Elite Biomedical’s fleet of Roboshots and the partnership they’ve come to rely upon with Milacron over the last decade in this short Partner With Possibility success story video . For a deeper product dive on the Roboshot machine, check out the Roboshot landing page, where a full product brochure can be downloaded. And, for additional product expertise, Milacron’s Kent Royer, Sr. Product Manager for the Roboshot, can be found on LinkedIn, as well as in-person at NPE 2024 at the Milacron booth, W1601, next May.

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OEM continues its digital transformation as a world-class solutions provider in the plastics processing space.

[BATAVIA, OH] November 3, 2023 – Cincinnati-based Milacron®, a leading manufacturer in the global plastics technology and processing industry, recently launched a new website. The site, which features a user-friendly interface, digital product brochures, and smart form interaction, is another step in the company’s strategical evolution from machine provider to world-class solutions partner.

The new Milacron.com is an integrated responsive design that is easy to navigate, and functional for current and potential customers, as well as the general public just inquiring a bit more about plastics processing. The makeover focused on creating a product-centric, user-focused site for Milacron customers. With updated product pages, relevant industry content, career opportunities, the latest Milacron news, and much more.

“From a fresh responsive design and easy navigation to product and service function access, the new Milacron.com is a one-stop plastics processing solutions shop for anyone looking to learn more about plastics processing,” said Bunlim Ly, Director of Strategic Marketing & Innovation for the company.

Milacron has provided solutions, technology and service for plastic manufacturers around the world since 1968. The industries served by the OEM include automotive, construction, consumer goods, electronics, medical, packaging and telecommunications.

In addition to providing machine systems and auxiliary equipment, Milacron also integrates digital advancements through innovative IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) controls technology. For instance, Milacron’s M-Powered digital controls platform leverages IIoT technology and runs sophisticated algorithms that utilize machine data to monitor machine operations, alerting customers about any potential issues and providing a clear picture of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

“We constantly monitor and improve our digital applications, systems, and processes to provide a robust and secure solution,” said Ly. “As an innovative world leader in plastic processing, Milacron’s continuous evolution delivers the next generation of manufacturing technology to processors around the globe.”

About Milacron

Milacron (www.milacron.com) is a global industry and technology leader in the manufacturing of injection molding and extrusion systems. Milacron also produces and provides machinery, auxiliaries and components that complement its plastics processing machines and systems. The company’s 1,900 associates worldwide collaborate to provide a diverse range of products across various plastics applications in industries such as automotive, construction, medical, telecommunications, material handling, packaging, and much more. Milacron holds longstanding relationships with more than 27,000 global customers across North America and India, as well as coverage in Europe and in many emerging markets, including Central/South America. Milacron is an Operating Company of Hillenbrand (NYSE: HI), an industrial company operating in over 100 countries serving a wide variety of industries across the world. www.hillenbrand.com

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Capstone project for high school seniors marks first company-sponsored hands-on program of its kind in the state of Ohio aims to increase the skilled manufacturing labor pool in neighboring counties.

  

[BATAVIA, OH] October 25, 2023 – Cincinnati-based Milacron®, a leading manufacturer in the global plastics technology and processing industry, has joined forces with Grant Career Center to establish the Advanced Manufacturing Academy (AMA), a groundbreaking work-based learning placement that provides high school seniors with comprehensive training in advanced manufacturing.

This unique academy, located at the technical school in Bethel, OH is specifically designed to create an employee pipeline, offering students the opportunity to secure future employment in advanced manufacturing, without the need for them to leave campus. According to the Clermont Country Chamber of Commerce, no other technical school in the state of Ohio has an in-house company-sponsored program of this kind.

The Grant Career Center team of educators manages the AMA student selection process that begins the Spring before senior year.  Junior-year students within the school’s relevant existing programs of Information Technology, Engineering, Metal Fabrication, Construction, and Auto Technology with an interest in advanced plastics manufacturing are encouraged to apply for the senior-year AMA capstone project.

“The ultimate goal of this academy program is to provide hands-on manufacturing experience for students that delivers relevant real-world support for their future career decisions,” said Lindsay Niedzwiedski, Lean Enterprise Leader for Milacron.  “Students have an opportunity for work placement that can lead to full-time employment within Milacron’s manufacturing operations function upon graduation.”

By integrating classroom instruction with hands-on training, this work-based learning experience equips students with the technical expertise and industry-specific competencies required for success in the field. Grant students follow a curriculum in their core program of study, core studies requirements for graduation, as well as the manufacturing-based classwork and hands-on lab with the machine. “It’s rigorous, but fulfilling, and very functional for post-graduate application,” said Niedzwiedski.

Milacron’s partnership with Grant commenced nearly a decade ago with the goal of educating area students in manufacturing and the trades through plant tours at the company, job shadowing opportunities, and much more. Then, last year the opportunity to advance their partnership through a yearlong capstone project was agreed upon when the program/lab space became vacant.

Given the importance of critical skilled workforce experience in the trade industry and manufacturing more specifically, Milacron moved quickly to get the necessary specifics for the program placed in the pipeline for Grant, including the Q-Series plastics processing machine for training in the lab space, as well as other equipment the students would need for a well-rounded curriculum build.

Milacron has a legacy in the Greater Cincinnati area of being a lifelong employer. Between its Batavia headquarters facility and the Mount Orab manufacturing site, the plastics processing solutions leader employs nearly 1,000 associates in the Tristate area that range from construction and welding tradespeople to machining experts and engineers. Many of these employees are approaching retirement, some after upwards of 40 or even 50 years of service to the company. In fact, just two months ago the Batavia headquarters facility celebrated the retirement of three employees who had a collective tenure of more than 150 years of manufacturing service. The AMA is just one example of how Milacron has adopted non-traditional initiatives to help offset gaps with qualified skilled labor.

“Our purpose at Milacron, to shape what matters for tomorrow, is executed with intention through our Grant Career Center partnership,” said Mac Jones, President of Milacron, at the recent ribbon-cutting celebration of the new lab space at Grant Career Center. “You, the AMA students, are the Milacron employees that will shape our plastics processing of the future.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Friday, October 20th brought together the inaugural AMA class, educators, representatives from Milacron, Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, representatives of local and state government, and other relevant members of the community. This partnership signifies Milacron’s and Grant Career Center’s shared dedication to equipping students with the tools they need to succeed in their future careers. Together, they will strive to provide a seamless pathway for high school seniors interested in the manufacturing industry.

About Milacron

Milacron (www.milacron.com) is a global industry and technology leader in the manufacturing of injection molding and extrusion systems. Milacron also produces and provides machinery, auxiliaries and components that complement its plastics processing machines and systems. The company’s 1,900 associates worldwide collaborate to provide a diverse range of products across various plastics applications in industries such as automotive, construction, medical, telecommunications, material handling, packaging, and much more. Milacron holds longstanding relationships with more than 27,000 global customers across North America and India, as well as coverage in Europe and in many emerging markets, including Central/South America. Milacron is an Operating Company of Hillenbrand (NYSE: HI), an industrial company operating in over 100 countries serving a wide variety of industries across the world. www.hillenbrand.com

About Grant Career Center

Grant Career Center, located in Bethel, Ohio, is a leading educational institution that prepares students for success in the workforce and for further education in college. With a rich history of over 50 years, Grant Career Center has been providing high-quality training to students from Clermont County. Grant Career Center takes pride in its innovative partnerships with prominent organizations such as Milacron, Child-Focus, University of Cincinnati, and the Brown Clermont Adult Career Campus. These partnerships provide students with unique opportunities for hands-on learning, internships, and real-world experience in their chosen fields. By combining academic rigor with practical skills training, Grant Career Center equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for success in today’s ever-changing job market. Graduates of Grant Career Center are well-prepared for both immediate employment and continued education at the college level. Grant Career Center is committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment where students can thrive academically, professionally, and personally. Through its comprehensive programs, partnerships, and dedication to excellence, Grant Career Center continues to shape the future of Clermont County’s workforce. Grant Career Center, where Clermont County’s Students “Choose to be Great!”

www.grantcareer.com

MILACRON PARTNERS WITH GRANT CAREER CENTER TO BRING THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ACADEMY (AMA) TO LIFE IN THE COMPANY’S GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS COMMUNITY - Milacron

The inaugural Milacron Advanced Manufacturing Academy class will visit the Milacron global headquarters site in Batavia, OH multiple times throughout the course of their yearlong capstone project at Grant Career Center.

MILACRON PARTNERS WITH GRANT CAREER CENTER TO BRING THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ACADEMY (AMA) TO LIFE IN THE COMPANY’S GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS COMMUNITY - Milacron

AMA student, Jhace Pryor, receives direction from program instructor, Daryll Martin on the Milacron Q-Series machine located in the lab space at Grant Career Center.

MILACRON PARTNERS WITH GRANT CAREER CENTER TO BRING THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ACADEMY (AMA) TO LIFE IN THE COMPANY’S GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS COMMUNITY - Milacron

Fourteen Grant Career Center seniors are members of the inaugural Milacron Advanced Manufacturing Academy from various existing core programs at the school, including Engineering & Design, Industrial Academy, Information Technology and Auto Fabrication.

MILACRON PARTNERS WITH GRANT CAREER CENTER TO BRING THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ACADEMY (AMA) TO LIFE IN THE COMPANY’S GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS COMMUNITY - Milacron

Milacron President, Mac Jones, enjoys conversation and collaboration with AMA students that he hopes will one day be full-time employees at either Clermont or Brown Country Milacron locations upon their graduation in May 2024.

MILACRON PARTNERS WITH GRANT CAREER CENTER TO BRING THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ACADEMY (AMA) TO LIFE IN THE COMPANY’S GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS COMMUNITY - Milacron

Employees from Milacron, Grant Career Center, the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, and the students from the inaugural AMA capstone project class conducted a ribbon cutting in the new lab space at the career center on Friday, October 20th.

MILACRON PARTNERS WITH GRANT CAREER CENTER TO BRING THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ACADEMY (AMA) TO LIFE IN THE COMPANY’S GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS COMMUNITY - Milacron

Derek Chancellor, Southwest Ohio Regional Liaison for the Office of Lt. Governor Jon Husted (pictured center) helped Milacron President, Mac Jones (left), and Grant Career Center Superintendent, Mike Parry (right) dedicate the new lab space on Friday, October 20th.

MILACRON PARTNERS WITH GRANT CAREER CENTER TO BRING THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ACADEMY (AMA) TO LIFE IN THE COMPANY’S GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS COMMUNITY - Milacron

Milacron President, Mac Jones, declares continued commitment to increasing manufacturing skilled workforce knowledge with the Milacron Advanced Manufacturing Academy at neighboring Grant Career Center.

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