Looking back: Detroit remains 'major player' in robotics

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Thirty years ago, Crain’s Detroit Business called Detroit the “epicenter of the robotics industry,” thanks to vast robotics implementations and automation along manufacturing lines within the automobile industry. At PRISM Plastics, robotics and automation have been key components of our success from the beginning. This has allowed us to compete on a global scale, particularly with countries that can offer labor at a lower cost, ultimately helping us to create—and keep—manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Crain’s recently reached out to Jeff Ignatowski, director of sales and marketing, to learn more about PRISM’s processes and use of robotics and automation to produce high-quality products and maintain a competitive advantage. "We don't want to go to Mexico and employ cheap labor," said Ignatowski. "There's nothing there for us but possibly a logistics advantage, and our customers usually agree when we show them what we can do with our machines right here." To read the full article at Crain’s Detroit Business, click here.

Keys to Success: PRISM Plastics hosts high school students for Manufacturing Day

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On October 2, approximately 20 students from Richmond High School in Richmond, Mich., toured PRISM Plastics’ Chesterfield Township facility as part of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day)—an annual celebration of modern manufacturing that addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is—and what it isn’t. In an effort meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, PRISM hosted the students for the day, where they were broken down into three groups to learn about the in’s and out’s of the manufacturing process. During the sessions, PRISM’s own Process Development Engineer Don Stefforia showed the group the injection molding process and machinery, and Aaron Imbirowicz, who works in tooling maintenance, shared an injection molding tool and each of its components. Operations Manager Adam Smith gave the students a CAD/Engineering demonstration to show how it plays a part in the design of the parts, tooling and process. “We can’t stress enough the importance of helping to inspire future generations of manufacturers,” said HR Manager Theresa Knapp. “In an industry that is facing a shortage of skilled labor, it is important for us to connect with future generations to help ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole. We look forward to participating in MFG day in the future as we continue to motivate and encourage our youth.”

Giving Back: PRISM Plastics raises more than $30,000 for St. John Providence Hospital

Jerome F. Williams Gastric Cancer Program

In memory of PRISM Plastics co-founder Jerry Williams, who died from gastric cancer in 2014, PRISM Plastics hosted the “Jerry Williams Shootout for the Cure” golf outing on August 28 at St. Clair Golf Club—which was Jerry’s home course. The outing was attended by around 200 participants and raised more than $30,000 for the Jerome F. Williams Gastric Cancer Program through the Van Elslander Cancer Center at St. John Providence Hospital, which was established by Jerry’s family to support improved treatment for gastric cancer. The event received enormous support from vendors and individual sponsors, which allowed PRISM Plastics to donate all proceeds from the event directly to charity. “Jerry was loved by many and had a supportive group come out to play his favorite sport in his honor,” said Rod Bricker, co-founder of PRISM Plastics. “The golf event was a perfect way to remember someone who not only brought so much dedication to PRISM Plastics, but was also a loving father, husband and friend.”