Inteplast Manufacturing Day is a hit

Students from Grainger County visit Inteplast BOPP Films in Morristown as part of Inteplast Manufacturing Day.

Inteplast BOPP Films recently welcomed 54 students from Grainger and Washburn high schools who learned that the science behind BOPP film is far from weird.

Students discovered that BOPP packaging keeps food fresh, items hygienic, and makes life a lot less messy. BOPP is the acronym for biaxially-oriented polypropylene, the film produced at the Morristown facility.

This is the first time the BOPP Films staff has opened the plant to high school students from Grainger County for Manufacturing Day.

Senior Director of Operations Greg Gillis said, “We really enjoyed hosting the students and having the opportunity to inform them about Inteplast Group and the benefits of plastic packaging. The presentations and plant tour provided them a detailed overview of the very unique BOPP film production process, which we hope will lead some of these future grads to consider careers at Inteplast BOPP Films.”

Regional Human Resources Manager Barbie Keck, who was the liaison to both high schools, presented information about Inteplast Group to the students. Rafael Bayona, director of research and development, quality assurance, and John Heckman, technology and electrical engineer and lean projects/safety coordinator also followed up to share insight on their areas of expertise.

Andy Well, career and technical education teacher at Grainger High said, “Our students experienced what we learn in the classroom in a real world setting. They gained valuable insights into manufacturing processes such as production efficiency, engineering, safety, logistics, warehousing, sustainability, and information technology. Their eyes were opened to many career possibilities within business and technology.”

Well is also a sponsor for the Future Business Leaders of America club.

Keck noted that it “took a village” to “pull it off together as a team.” The tour guides were Rhonda Morales, Jon Ketchum, Daniel Martin, Pete Schoenhoff, and Justin Hodge, Keck added.

After the tour of the plant, the students received bags with products packaged in BOPP film as well as branded Inteplast items such as water bottles and metal straws.

Established in 1991, Inteplast Group is a leading integrated plastics manufacturer founded on the ideal of American manufacturing.

Their products support diverse markets including healthcare, foodservice, packaging, building products, grocery, retail, sanitation, industrial, and graphic arts industries. Headquartered in Livingston, N.J., Inteplast Group is now more than 7,000 employees strong and operates more than 50 facilities including our flagship manufacturing complex in Lolita, Texas.

Inteplast’s dedicated and experienced people are committed to delivering quality products and partnering with customers to enable their success.

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