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Bridge Street Middle School and Silgan Plastics Corporation Team Up for the Explore Student Video Contest

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Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release Bridge Street Middle School’s video submission in the Northern region of the Explore Student Video Contest.  The video showcases how Silgan Plastics Corporation uses plastic injection molding machines to produce lids for a variety of products. Silgan is located in Triadelphia, West Virginia.

The students are competing for three regional awards: Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and the Viewer's Choice.  Visit to view the Bridge Street Middle School video and cast your vote in the Viewer’s Choice contest.  Voting closes on March 26th at midnight.

The Bridge Street Middle School team: Ethan Brown, Andrew Conley, Kathleen Gonzalez, Brennan Hoffman, Ethan Holt, Jordan Karan, Gianni Luckino, Leah McWha, Terriyah Mosby, Brian Phillips, Liam Queen, Colton Shearer, Jayden Stanford, Joeyana Strothers, and Owen Zheng.

Education leader: Cole Coates.

“It humbles us to have the opportunity to work with the Explore Student Video Contest and help to teach and educate the next generation about the importance and processes of manufacturing at our company,” commented Russ Howell, plant manager at Silgan Plastics. “The students are a pleasure to have at our facility as they portray a genuine desire to learn about Silgan Plastics and the importance of manufacturing.”

Silgan Plastics Corporation support team: Stephen Getsy, Russ Howell, Christi Lassetter, Jamie Midcap, Zachery Perry, and Debbie Turziano.

“Today’s middle school students will be tomorrow’s workforce in manufacturing in West Virginia,” said Program Director Monica Cross, who oversees the Explore the New Manufacturing program on behalf of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Educational Fund’s efforts to create student awareness and excitement about careers in manufacturing and the training opportunities for these positions in their local areas. “We are excited to share Bridge Street Middle School’s video with you. The team did an excellent job and their results illustrate the use of creativity, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork.” 

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