Milacron Invests in Future Workforce Through Shawnee State University Strategic Partnership and Significant Equipment Donation
• Milacron’s significant equipment donation to Shawnee State University is part of a strategic partnership to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students pursuing careers in advanced manufacturing
• As part of the Hillenbrand enterprise, Milacron embraces commitment to community partnerships and sustainability efforts, as well as working to meet critical workforce and talent pipeline needs in plastics manufacturing
• Donation of two injection molding systems allows students hands-on training with real plastics industry equipment and technology
BATAVIA, Ohio, December 2, 2021 – Milacron Injection Molding and Extrusion (“Milacron”) announced today a significant equipment donation to Shawnee State University (SSU) in Portsmouth, Ohio, as part of its ongoing strategic partnership with the university. Milacron is a leading industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry and is part of the Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE: HI) enterprise.
“Milacron values its long-standing partnership with Shawnee State University, and, with this donation, we hope today’s STEM students will be empowered to be our future leaders,” said Mac Jones, Senior Vice President of Hillenbrand, Inc. and President of Milacron Injection Molding and Extrusion. “As part of the Hillenbrand enterprise, we embrace the company’s commitment to being responsible to our communities. Partnerships like the one with Shawnee State University are key to our ongoing company sustainability efforts, as well as helping meet the growing critical need for a skilled workforce in advanced manufacturing.”
Previously on loan to SSU, Milacron has now donated a 55-ton MTs injection molding machine with a mold temperature controller, two conveyors and a dryer, and a 110-ton Roboshot Alpha-SiA-g injection molding machine with cell robot automation, temperature controller and dryer. This equipment allows students in the university’s Plastics Engineering Technology program to receive hands-on training with essential machinery and technology in the plastics industry – from operating the equipment to create fully developed plastics parts, to maintaining and troubleshooting. As part of their senior project, students design, build, and produce their own plastic mold for a fully developed part.
“Milacron’s continued commitment to our Plastics Engineering Technology program furthers our mission to prepare students for the in-demand careers in plastics,” said Adam Miller, Department Chairperson of Engineering Technologies and Associate Professor at SSU. “We appreciate Milacron’s partnership and this generous donation, which will continue to provide our students with hands-on experiences essential to future career success.”
Milacron and SSU’s partnership also includes scholarship opportunities, with funding provided by Milacron to the university’s foundation for tuition assistance, which serve as a tool for recruitment and the promotion of STEM fields for incoming students.
To learn more about Hillenbrand’s corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts, view the full Hillenbrand 2020 Sustainability Report and executive summary on the Company’s sustainability web page.
Milacron (www.milacron.com) is a global leader in the manufacture, distribution, and service of highly engineered equipment within the plastic technology and processing industry. Milacron offers global solutions that include injection molding and extrusion equipment, plus a wide market range of advanced auxiliary technologies and breakthrough IIoT applications.
Hillenbrand (www.Hillenbrand.com) is a global diversified industrial company with businesses that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. We pursue profitable growth and robust cash generation to drive increased value for our shareholders. Hillenbrand’s portfolio includes industrial businesses such as Coperion,
Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion, and Mold-Masters, in addition to Batesville, a recognized leader in the death care industry in North America. Hillenbrand is publicly traded on the NYSE under “HI.”
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