Hillenbrand Company Gifts Machinery
Ohio-based Milacron Injection Molding and Extrusion says it is making an investment in the future workforce with its machinery donation to Shawnee State University. Milacron, an industrial technology company for the plastics processing industry, is a subsidiary of Batesville-based Hillebrand Inc. (NYSE: HI).
Milacron has donated a 55-ton MTs injection molding machine with a mold temperature controller, two conveyors and a dryer, and a 110-ton injection molding machine with cell robot automation, temperature controller and dryer. The company says the equipment will allow students in the university’s Plastics Engineering Technology program to receive hands-on training with equipment it says is essential technology in the plastics industry.
“Milacron values its long-standing partnership with Shawnee State University, and, with this donation, we hope today’s STEM students will be empowered to be our future leaders,” said Mac Jones, senior vice president of Hillenbrand Inc. and president of Milacron Injection Molding and Extrusion. “As part of the Hillenbrand enterprise, we embrace the company’s commitment to being responsible to our communities. Partnerships like the one with Shawnee State University are key to our ongoing company sustainability efforts, as well as helping meet the growing critical need for a skilled workforce in advanced manufacturing.”
As part of their senior projects, Milacron says students will use the machinery to produce a plastic mold for a fully-developed part.