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Transitioning from the military to the workforce

by Administrator8. February 2016 10:26

Guest post from our own James Michalenko and his transition from the military to the workforce!

When I thought about what I wanted to do for a career as a high school graduate, I only knew that I wanted it to be fun, exciting and challenging. So I decided to join the United States Marine Corps Reserves while I decided on college. The Marine Corps Infantry delivered just about everything that I was looking for, but I realized it wasn't what I wanted to do long-term. After returning from boot camp, my father told me about a Plastics Engineering Technology program at The Behrend College, Pennsylvania State University in Erie, Pennsylvania. The main selling point at that time, in 2004, was that the industry was relatively young and the job placement was 99.0% coming out of the program. I decided to try it out and quickly realized that it could possibly deliver the challenge I was looking for. I believed it could also occupy and interest me with all of the different types of manufacturing and engineering opportunities that exist, relative to the industry. In 2005, I was soon pulled out of college and the Plastics Engineering Technology program to serve overseas in Iraq. Returning back to school was difficult, however, the technical exposure, opportunity and the humming of an injection molding machine quickly got me back into plastics engineering and manufacturing. Today, I experience more opportunities to engineer applications and products than I could have ever imagined. The troubleshooting, critical thinking and discipline, among other things, that I developed while in the Corps, prepared me well for the manufacturing leadership position I hold today. It is obvious that the industry is still developing beyond what it was when I joined, and there is still much to be learned and redefined in the industry. It's exciting to be apart of the plastics industry.

Read more about Plastics Careers - http://www.moldingthefuture.org/

 

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Career | Manufacturing | Military | Plastics

Cleveland Is the City Where We Come From

by Caroline15. January 2016 10:35

 

 

Cleveland has been called a lot of things: Mistake on the Lake; the buckle on the rust belt; unhappiest place to work, most miserable city, dirtiest city – all thanks to Forbes magazine (they do not appear to be fans of ours). But to those of us at Thogus, Cleveland is the phoenix rising from the ashes. We are tough, we are resourceful, we are proud. Just like Cleveland, manufacturing in Northeast Ohio is the same. We are tough. We are resourceful. We are proud. 

The past few years have been a great time in Cleveland. Of course, most people know about our beloved son, LeBron James, and his redemptive return home which helped bring our Cavaliers back to a finals appearance in 2015. Cleveland was host to the 2013 National Senior Games, 2014 Gay Games, 2015 Content Marketing World, and will host the 2016 Republican National Convention. We are becoming a destination, not a stopover.

Our downtown and surrounding inner cities are booming with residents, restaurants, and retail. People are moving back to Cleveland more than they have in years! We are becoming a foodie destination due to chefs like Michael Symon, Jonathon Sawyer, Zack Bruell, Rocco Whalen, and Doug Katz.  Great Lakes Brewing Company, Fat Heads, and Platform Brewery are just a few of the local craft breweries you can find on the North Coast.

None of these would be possible without the manufacturers who drive our economy and create our jobs. Vitamix, Parker Hannifin, Eaton, Lincoln Electric, PolyOne, and Sherwin Williams are just a few examples of our strength as a destination of world-class manufacturing. We are makers. We are doers.

As we look towards the future, Thogus is keeping a steady eye on what possibilities are next. With the strength of our medical community we know that new innovations and technologies in medicine will be discovered right here. The tech world is seeing Cleveland as a new hub for activity and possibilities. We are home to world-class universities that are acting as incubators for up-and-coming companies. And Thogus will be helping make reality the ideas that these companies come up with. It is what we do. If you want to see what the next generation of manufacturing looks like, come see us! We will show you what the future looks like, today. 

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Manufacturing | Northeast Ohio

Why Thogus Supports Manufacturing Day

by Administrator30. October 2015 09:14

Pumpkin Decorating!

 

Families learning about rp+mAmerica is a country of makers. We build. We design. We manufacture. Cleveland is a storied manufacturing city. Our steel helped build this nation. We built cars that transformed our economy. Our port has transported goods across our nation. Thogus is proud to be part of this history and proud to be a manufacturer.  

In recent years it seems that manufacturing has lost its allure as a career-destination. Schools are doing away with shop classes and kids look at factories as dirty and dead-end. At Thogus that is simply not true and on October 2nd we held a Manufacturing Day Family Open House for our Thogus employees and their families to show them what next-generation manufacturing looks like. 
 
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing, meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Who better to show what that looks like than our own employees and their families? With the official Manufacturing Day on Friday October 2nd, we decided to have an event showcasing what we do and why we are a career-destination!
 
The event began at 5:30 pm Friday evening. All employees and their families were invited and we had an awesome turnout of more than 100 people, and out of that we had around 40 kids! To appeal to our younger attendees we had pumpkin painting, Lego building, Play-Doh station, and coloring and crafts. What better way to emphasize manufacturing than to have the wee ones create?
 
For everyone, our inimitable Brad Krupa hosted tours of our facility to provide a first-hand view of what we do. He covered five different stations, rp+m & JALEX, tool room, Energizer, Shurtech. With his gregarious nature and humorous approach, Brad proved to be the perfect tour guide.  It's difficult be bored when he is around! 

Thogus is proud and excited to be part of this event, the Manufacturing Day. We want our future generations to know that manufacturing is an industry that is worth joining and one you can be proud to be part of! 

 

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Manufacturing

How Many Meals Did The Avon Lake Food Fight Raise For Second Harvest?

by Dana Foster12. December 2013 13:32

Yesterday, Thogus had the revealing event of the total number of meals raised during the Second Harvest Avon Lake Food Fight.  For the second year in a row, Avon Lake companies participated in a friendly competition on raising meals for Second Harvest.  Both the overall number of meals raised and the top company was announced.  The top company received a 3D printed trophy! Click here to read the results in The Morning Journal article.   

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2013 Crain's Giving Guide

by Dana Foster2. December 2013 17:28

"'Tis An Important Season For Giving" is right.  Thogus and Second Harvest partner up again to host the 2nd Annual Food Fight on Pin Oak Parkway.  "We are all feeling very lucky at this time of year that we are employed and our company is successful and doing well, and we want to give back to the community that we live and work in," said Katie Kuczinski, Thogus' Human Capital Coordinator.  This year's goal is to provide 100,000 meals between all participating companies on Pin Oak Parkway.  The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 11th at Thogus from 5-6 PM.  At the time, we will learn the total contribution of the campaign and the winner for the most donations by a company/organization.

Read Crain's Giving Guide here:

Crain's_Giving_Guide_2013_compressed.pdf (5.25 mb)

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