INDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers has named Blair Rubber Co. the winner of its Educational Outreach Award for the second time.
The award recognizes and celebrates a member company that is taking charge in filling the skills gap in manufacturing. APRM said member initiatives include working with local high schools and community colleges through activities such as manufacturing and science camps, technical competitions, vocational clubs, skills certification, company sponsored awareness campaigns, plant tours, apprenticeships, internships and local job fairs.
ARPM said that Blair, based in Seville, Ohio, also received a $1,000 scholarship that goes to a school of its choice.
"For the second year in a row now we are honored that to be recognized for our efforts in increasing the awareness of manufacturing jobs available to high school students as an alternative to college," Dave Jentzsch, Blair Rubber general manager, said in a statement. "Blair Rubber Co. has been partnering with schools and community organizations to engage students, families, and staff in comprehensive community efforts and initiatives that empower students with the vast opportunities in manufacturing."
Founded in 1981, Blair Rubber manufacturers rubber linings from its facility in Seville. The ARPM is a trade association managed by rubber business leaders with more than 86 members working to provide bottom line impacting programs, networking and additional beneficial services.