Closing the Skills Gap: Processors, MBA students team up

The push to develop the next generation of plastics industry employees who can help companies meet the competitive challenges of tomorrow is resulting in collaborative efforts between industry and universities. But it’s not just the skilled trades on which companies are focused, rather, giving students in MBA programs exposure to the management opportunities that manufacturing companies offer in today’s competitive environment.

Currier Plastics (, an Auburn, NY custom injection molding company, is currently working with graduate students from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science on a course that will concentrate on Six Sigma’s “Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control” (DMAIC) process. The students, from the Master of Supply Chain Management (SCM), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Engineering Management (MSEM) programs, began their class at the Currier Plastics facility at the end of August....

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