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Blennerhassett Middle School and Kreinik Manufacturing Company Team Up for the Explore Student Video Contest

Explore the New Manufacturing is pleased to release Blennerhassett Middle School’s video submission in the Kanawha Valley region of the Explore Student Video Contest.  The video showcases how Kreinik Manufacturing produces quality threads and yarns for crafters,  quilters, fiber artists, fly fishermen, and even fashion houses.

The students are competing for three regional awards: Outstanding Creativity, Best Manufacturing Message, and Viewer's Choice.  Visit to view the Blennerhassett Middle School video and cast your vote in the Viewer’s Choice Contest.  Voting closes on April 16th at midnight.

The Blennerhassett Middle School team: Alice Abbott, Karissa Epperly, Sophie Hall, Addison Moon, Amiya Powell, Carson Shaulis, and Cade Staats.   

“Our students at Blennerhassett strive to be challenged to build problem solving skills. Kreinik embraces these same beliefs here in our hometown,” stated Holmes Marty, faculty advisor. “To see all the great things Doug Kreinik and his employees do and exposure they get worldwide reiterates to our students that you can strive for great things in life!”

“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 Blennerhassett 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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