Plastikos replaces temps with refugees, wins PA employer award


Custom injection molder Plastikos Inc. (Erie, PA) was named to Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare's Employer Honor Roll as an employer that "best demonstrates a commitment to the Commonwealth's employment and training programs."

Over the last year, Plastikos worked closely with PA CareerLink, GECAC (Greater Erie Community Action Committee), and the St. Benedict Education Center to help strengthen its manufacturing workforce. The company has also partnered with St. Benedict to employ refugees from countries like Nepal, Haiti, Kenya, Sudan, and India, among others.

Susan Henry, HR manager at Plastikos, led the initiative to hire 16 refugees over the last year. The refugees will go through a screening process, and eventually become permanent employees. Plastikos no longer hires temporary help. "We tried using temp agencies before, however the turnover was rather high - especially at the lower-skilled positions," Henry told PlasticsToday in an interview. "The detailed work of inspecting miniature parts using a microscope can be challenging, and it was difficult to keep hiring and training temp workers."...
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