Mayfield Plastics Participates in Program to Educate Students on Manufacturing Careers

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Thermoforming Company Needs Skilled Workers.

Mom and Dad typically think that manufacturing is working in some grease pit somewhere.

Mayfield Plastics has recently announced their participation in the “AMP It Up! Grant, which will introduce science, technology, engineering and math teachers for Grades 7-12 in 10 Blackstone Valley school districts of Massachusetts to career options in advanced manufacturing. The goal is to bolster the prospective employee base for these skilled jobs by raising awareness among adults who influence teens’ lives.
Mayfield is one of a of a handful of local manufacturers working with the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation on a recent grant from MassDevelopment, through the Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to help schools prepare students for the future workforce. Mayfield Plastics is a leading thermoforming supplier servicing medical, industrial and electronic markets.

“Mom and Dad typically think that manufacturing is working in some grease pit somewhere,” he said. “They think if you don’t go to school and get a bachelor’s degree, you’re nothing. That’s a myth. A degree is not a career,” said Harrison Greene, Vice President of growth and Development at Mayfield Plastics. Mr. Greene said today’s high school students and their parents have outdated views of manufacturing and shy away from what is a solid and growing sector of the economy.

Entry-level pay in manufacturing is typically higher than in retail and service sectors, starting at $14 to $18 per hour and moving up to $22 to $25 per hour. A highly skilled position like tool designer pays upward of $50,000 or more, Mr. Greene said. His company also provides health and retirement benefits.
According to Paul Lynskey, executive director of the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation, the $10,000 grant will include visits to manufacturers by middle and high school teachers and counselors; a local conference to hear from business leaders about employment opportunities in manufacturing and required skills; weeklong summer externships with stipends for teachers and counselors at local manufacturers; and outreach at participating schools to provide information to other faculty, students and families about manufacturing careers.

Mr. Lynskey said 70 to 80 percent of graduating high school students go on to college. He wants to reach the roughly 30 percent who don’t. Their main options, he said, include retail, service jobs or manufacturing. “That’s where my competition is. It’s not convincing parents they’re not sending their kid to college,” he said. “The connection we need to make is with the local manufacturers and businesses and define the skills they need.”
“This business is all about quality.” Not only do his customers demand quality production, but they also want on-time delivery and outstanding customer service. “Businesses and industries that buy from us are buying American,” Mr. Greene said. “The threat is they won’t be able to continue to buy American because we can’t find skilled labor.”

About Mayfield Plastics
Mayfield Plastics ( is a manufacturer of custom pressure, heavy gauge thermoforming, vacuum formed twin sheet and thermoformed parts and components specializing in thermoformed medical devices and components, but also serving a variety of industries including telecom, electronics, computer, hospital, chromatography, machine-tool, transportation and aerospace. Materials used in thermoforming and vacuum forming include ABS, polystyrene, Kydex®, polypropylene, polyethylene, Noryl®, CAB, Lexan® and PETG. For high temperatures application Mayfield processes polysulfone, Mindel®, Radel® & Ultem®. Thermoformed and vacuum formed parts are manufactured up to 72 in. x 90 in. x 30 in size.

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