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SEKISUI KYDEX Hosts Manufacturing Day for Local Schools

SEKISUI KYDEX Hosts Manufacturing Day for Local Schools

SEKISUI KYDEX Hosts Manufacturing Day for Local Schools 

Bloomsburg, PA, USA—October 9, 2023—SEKISUI KYDEX welcomed local students and educators to their South Campus for Manufacturing Day on Thursday, October 5, 2023.

Manufacturing Day is a national event dedicated to education about manufacturing career opportunities and to improving public perceptions of manufacturing. "We have an obligation as an industry to communicate how polymers are a solution to real-life challenges without being environmentally damaging. Our MFD accomplishes this and so much more," stated Sean Stabler, Vice President of Innovation for SEKISUI KYDEX.

With the ever-growing estimated number of manufacturing jobs going unfilled by 2025, SEKISUI KYDEX hosted students from Bloomsburg Area High School, Central Columbia Area High School, and the Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School. Students were given the opportunity to explore the various career options available in manufacturing, enabling them to make a more informed decision about whether to pursue college, a technical program, or other post-college opportunities.

This event showed the varying career opportunities at SEKISUI KYDEX, which include inspector/packer, extrusion operators, quality technicians, colour technicians, production engineers, automation engineers, appLab™ engineers, graphic designers, and more, such as traditional business support positions. Additionally, members of the Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT) were present to provide career guidance and acquaint students with the resources and programs offered by PCT. These opportunities enable students to earn college credits while still in school without incurring costs.

This year, students spent their day exploring how compelling plastics manufacturing can be throughout the various demonstration spaces set up around their Bloomsburg South Campus facility. The program featured a company and careers overview, a campus tour to see how KYDEX® Thermoplastics are made, and several workshops to understand the thermoplastics industry. Stabler continued, "We aim to interact with the students in a playful yet scientific manner, so they have a positive experience that they can reflect upon when considering their future careers."

In the appLab™, students learned about and used state-of-the-art innovation and testing equipment. In the designLab®, they explored colour science by creating their own colours and testing their vision with a colour acuity activity. Students were hands-on with safety by using a simulator to put out fires and performed a 4RKY to learn about hazard awareness. They learned how to keep production running smoothly at the manufacturing station with extrusion parts, maintenance equipment, and an automation demonstration. Circular design rounded out the workshops; here, students learned about KYDEX® Thermoplastics sustainability and using pattern, colour, and texture work in design.

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SEKISUI KYDEX innovates and creates sustainable thermoplastic material solutions for the next generation of product design. SEKISUI Chemical’s corporate commitment to Speed, Service, and Superiority is realized through the KYDEX® Thermoplastics’ business model of manufacturing bespoke materials with short lead times in small quantities. This Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) model at three manufacturing campuses expands beyond thermoplastic sheet. The KYDEX® portfolio also includes injection molding resins, proprietary Infused Imaging™ technology, integral special effects, unique textures, and custom products and design. The SEKISUI KYDEX appLab™ and designLab® Innovation Centers are collaborative spaces for clients and customers to bring the supply chain together for rapid prototyping and design development. These spaces are the bridge between engineering and art. More than 300 dedicated professionals in Bloomsburg, PA, and Holland, MI, working with a global network of sales and distribution partners, are committed to delivering more than their customers can imagine. Visit for more information.


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  • Extrusion Process - Students learned about the manufacturing technology behind our extrusion process.
  • PCT Providing Resources - Representatives from Pennsylvania College of Technology spoke with students about the various resources available to them as high school students.
  • SEKISUI KYDEX Manufacturing Day – Students, teachers, and SEKISUI KYDEX employees gather for a group picture.
  • Custom Colour Creation - Students observing the milling of the custom colour they created in our designLab®.
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