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The 2015 CAMA Golf Tournament

Intertech's elite golf team.

Intertech’s elite golf team.

This year marked the 13th anniversary of the annual Intertech and Mile High United Way charity golf tournament. The Tournament was held at the RedHawk Ridge golf course in Castle Rock, Colorado on Friday, August 21st.

Historically the tournament was a private event for Intertech and our associated organizations. However, it has been opened up to partner with CAMA, Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, to bring in a larger manufacturing community, allowing more money to be raised for Mile High United Way. Over the years, we have raised over $150,000 for Mile High United Way’s workforce development program. This year alone we raised over 13% of that donation money, bringing in $11,000.

How excited we get about workforce development.

How excited we get about workforce development.

This year was so successful thanks to the partnership with the tournament sponsors, Mile High United Way, and the most recent partnership with CAMA. We hope to see the event continue to grow and remain one of our most fun community events. At Intertech helping others is not only the right thing, but a great way to let loose while having some fun as well.

For info on how to give or volunteer, please click above.

For info on how to give or volunteer, please click above.

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To learn more about CAMA, click above.

The Potential of Apprenticeship

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CEO and Founder of Intertech Plastics, Noel Ginsburg

Millions of youth find themselves out of school and out of work, yet have an insatiable urge to find and  fulfill their potential. Conversely, there are thousands of employers struggling to fill millions of jobs. In a recent podcast done by the US Chamber of Commerce, our CEO here at Intertech, Noel Ginsburg, and the Chief Community Officer at Starbucks discuss how hiring youth is a valuable investment in your business’ future that will keep our nation happily employed.

Starting out as a college class project, Noel Ginsburg never expected his plastic mold manufacturing  company to have problems such as finding employees; yet, after 35 years in opperation, Intertech Plastics is facing that exact struggle. As the years have passed, intertech has grown to a scale where to continuing to expand would require more employees with specific skills such as making a mold. Unfortunately some of these skills are not developed without years of training. This is a struggle faced by many companies with great career opportunities and nobody to fill them. Only 25% of Americans obtain a four year degree. Now how many do you think are youth? Now, how many of those youth with four year college degrees represent our whole working population? The 25% already seems low without adding on those filters, so what about the other 75% of the population? A college degree should be a equalizer, not an inhibitor, and companies like Starbucks and Intertech are realizing their role in making that belief a reality.

Starbucks CCO, Blair Taylor

Starbucks CCO, Blair Taylor

The Podcast starts with Chief Community Officer of Starbucks, Blair Taylor, explaining his initiatives with the Starbucks 100,000 opportunities program. This program is meant to utilize community leaders from large to small businesses to stimulate career opportunities for American youth. The kick-off for this program has already shown promise for the future. “We want to make sure that we achieve the 3 wins.” Says Blair, referring to his standards of success; the people win by gaining career opportunity, society wins because it is hard at work and has a low unemployment rate and third, possibly the most important, key is to insure the business gains more than it gives. While this is the right thing to do, it is even more so the smart thing to do. Blair describes a company he helped get youth employees started at with his program and the company’s CEO reported that not only were these some of the best employees he has ever hired, but some of the most innovative. Blair finds that youth employees are immersed in a different world and have potential to bring new ideas to companies and they are also excited to build a career and feel themselves playing a role in a larger community. Youth of today want exactly what humanity has always wanted, fulfillment and purpose in their work, something to take pride in; These youth have the raw skills and “fire in their belly” that can be harnessed to take on the millions of unfulfilled careers throughout our country.

A school tour facilitated by on of our production employees

A school tour facilitated by on of our production employees

CEO of Intertech Plastics, Noel Ginsburg, is an avid advocate for youth employment and creating career opportunities for people with nontraditional paths. Noel gets an opportunity to explain how Intertech has been involved in some form of youth employment program for at least 25 of its 35 years in operation. Intertech runs internship programs in the summer that gives college students a mentor in one of our departments who they work for throughout the program and then are required to present to the management team at the end of the program so recap what they have learned and how they have grown. This summer one of the interns was a high school student from one of the public schools in Denver who would come in four times a week to work with us. He got to spend time in our quality lab learning how to use vision systems and high precision systems we use on a day to day basis. Not only has he been here over the summer, but he will be here throughout the school year continuing his program after school. This gives him a foot ahead other students because this has direct real world applications, benefits, and even cons that will provide useful experience for a lifetime. Also, Noel describes our interactive school visits hosted throughout the year to give students focusing on manufacturing an opportunity to be immersed in a real plant and learn about the different important roles at Intertech. On a community level, Noel is working to develop programs like ours in advanced manufacturing, informational technology, health care, and banking. Noel explains that he has chosen these fields to match a model set in Switzerland. Switzerland primarily uses apprenticeships to employ and train the country. This model has shown extremely positive results, Noel reports the nations unemployment at barely 2.4 percent where the US is between 12 and 14 percent.

Clearly there are huge steps being taken to combat unemployment as well as utilizing the innovation of today’s youth. By training young people who are out of school and out of work, a company can essentially build their own employee. Apprenticeships not only familiarize a person with specific skill sets but can tailor those skill sets to be directly useful in the desired field, rather than generally studying one topic for sometimes over four years. Education will always be indispensable; and thanks to people like Blair Taylor and Noel Ginsburg, there are becoming more ways of obtaining it.

To hear Podcast click above.

To hear Podcast click above.

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Find out more on the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative by clicking above.

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See the U.S. blog post about the podcast by clicking above.

Intertech Medical adding presses, people

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Colorado’s Intertech Medical has added five new injection molding presses and expects to add up to another four machines to keep up with a growth in sales.

By: PLASTICS NEWS REPORT 

Colorado’s Intertech Medical has added five new injection molding presses and expects to add up to another four machines to keep up with a growth in sales.
The Denver-based molder, part of Intertech Plastics Inc., said in a March 23 news release that it expects the new presses will add up to a 50 percent increase in molding capacity.
With more and more medical devices coming out of the Rocky Mountain region, Intertech sees a big potential for growth and is confident that increased sales and production will be a continuing trend, said Jim Kepler, vice president of operations for Intertech Plastics and Intertech Medical in a statement.
In addition to the Toyo all-electric presses, Intertech said it will increase staff by 25 percent. The bulk of those positions will be “more technical in nature and require higher level skill sets than previous job openings.”


Those jobs will include engineering personnel, quality, technicians, programmers, tool and die makers, machine operators, material handlers and administrative staff.
Other upgrades in Denver will focus on improving the medical clean room facilitiy, with improvements to the quality lab and the plant’s processing water cooling system.
Intertech Plastics created Intertech Medical when it purchased Image Molding in 2013.

Link: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20150323/NEWS/150329932

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CEO Noel Ginsburg’s interview on Hudson Valley News Radio

The skills-gap in America is catching a lot of buzz. Hear CEO Noel Ginsburg’s interview on Hudson Valley News Radio here:

http://www.1450wkip.com/media/podcast-wkipam-podcast-HVfocus/ceo-of-intertech-plastics-noel-ginsburg-25345623/

Molding a Better Community…

It’s been a couple months since the last blog post and Intertech Plastics has been busier than ever, and not just in the factory.  After Sec. Clinton’s visit in June, the Clinton Global Initiative- America (CGI) was in Denver for the first of two years.  At CGI, Noel Ginsburg- Chairman and CEO, was recognized on stage for Intertech Plastics’ involvement with the youth of Metro Denver and Aurora.  Additionally, Intertech Plastics has made a commitment to CGI in cooperation with the Small Business Majority to dispel the negative perception of manufacturing jobs and careers as well as raise awareness that there is mutual benefit for small to medium sized businesses to hire interns from inner city high schools.

Intertech Plastics for Habitat for Humanity 2014

From Left: Claire Hampton, Johnny Murphy, JD Padzik, Randy Zwingler. Photo Provided by Randy Zwingler

In addition to our CGI commitment, Intertech employees from all divisions helped Habitat for Humanity last week.  Volunteers went to a new neighborhood being built by Habitat for Humanity in the Montbello area. This isn’t the first time Intertech Plastics has supported Habitat for Humanity and it certainly won’t be the last.  Rewarding community involvement activities like this have long been engrained in Intertech’s culture but a new program will actually start tracking the hours and good we do.  Intertech Plastics employee Johnny Murphy was one of the volunteers at this year’s Habitat site and had this to say about the work they did, “It’s an awesome feeling to be able to help your neighbors… I’d be happy to do it again.”

“Intertech and its supporters have now donated over $155,000.00 to the United Way

 

Intertech Plastics Golf Tournament Benefiting Mile High United Way

From Left: President Scott Mitchell, Corey Ginsburg, CEO Noel Ginsburg, Ryan Gensler. Photo Taken by Kim Martel

On Monday, Aug 18th Intertech Plastics held its 13th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting the Mile High United Way Lights On After School Program at the Blackstone Country Club.  With record sponsors this year, Intertech and its supporters have now donated over $155,000.00 to the United Way program which helps schools stay open later for tutoring and after school programs.   Once again spearheaded by Kim Martel, the event was a huge success and a whole lot of fun.  Thank you to all participants and a special thanks to our sponsors for being such great supporters of our community: A+ Products, Mesa Industries, Katzke Paper, EKS&H.

Keeping up with Noel

I’ve had an enjoyable time this year keeping up with Noel Ginsburg, and his endeavors not only at Intertech Plastics but within the local community.   On May 30th we attended another CAMA event together, this one called a “Business to Business Lounge.”  The event was in downtown Denver at the Colorado Business Bank, and like the last CAMA event business leaders engaged in a series of brief round table introductions, each explaining what they did, how they could help each other, and exchanging business cards.   I’ve actually got an appointment this afternoon at our plant from a contact I made there, a potential symbiotic relationship with another area injection molder and contract manufacturer, one that could work out well for both of us.  It’s a real treat to be a part of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, and to support a growing organization that is making a positive impact to our manufacturing sector and economy.  It’s also enjoyable to see Noel speak in public.

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Additionally, Noel was featured in another publication last week, this time a one-on-one interview in Area Development.  The interview highlights some of the aspects of reshoring, and how OEM’s who are bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. are impacting our business.  Here is a link to the article
http://www.areadevelopment.com/Plastics/Q2-2013/Noel-Ginsberg-Intertech-supplies-reshoring-oems-2733228.shtml

But even sweeter than the social events and media coverage is the reality of what’s happening in our plant every day.   We are manufacturing in the U.S., we are growing our business, and we’re creating jobs.   And that’s something our employees, customers, and community can be very proud of.

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