Rogan Corporation Manufacturing Day Event Gives High School Students the Opportunity to Explore the Plastics Industry and Careers in Manufacturing

Northbrook IL – Rogan Corporation recognized Manufacturing Day on October 7th with a unique event at its Northbrook, Illinois facility. To share its expertise and experience with aspiring students, Rogan welcomed engineering students from nearby Glenbrook North High School to tour its facility, meet with Rogan managers and molding and design specialists, and learn more about careers in this growing industry.

“By opening our facility and sharing our expertise with these students,” says Pamela Newman, Rogan’s Chief Operating Officer, “we hoped to encourage them to consider careers in manufacturing, and in the plastics industry in particular.”

Rogan representatives and Mary Kosirog, Glenbrook North’s Career & Life Skills Instructional Supervisor coordinated the event. A group of 75 students from Glenbrook North High School who are enrolled in Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering Design courses attended. They were accompanied by Kosirog, Glenbrook North engineering instructor Jason Berg, principal John Finan, transitional vocational coach Ron Gatchalian, and digital learning specialist Kevin Braun.

The day began with introductory comments by Newman and senior Rogan technical managers, and included guided tours of the stages of development of molded products. It culminated in lunch and a question-and-answer session in which students were encouraged to ask Rogan team members about any topics, from technical processes and challenges in designing molded products to career opportunities.

“This was a great opportunity for our students,” says Kosirog. “It enabled them to experience a real manufacturing environment, to see some of the same processes they had been exposed to in the classroom, and to gain insight into career opportunities in the plastics industry.”

“These visits are both educational for the students and an opportunity for them to explore career opportunities,” says Jim Ritzema, Rogan’s Director of New Product Development. “But they also give us the opportunity to interest bright young people in joining us. At the end of the day, everyone benefits.”

One very immediate and positive result of the Manufacturing Day event was that one of the senior students attending indicated to Kosirog that he was very interested in obtaining an internship opportunity at Rogan. As a result, the process of following up to make that interest a reality is already under way.

Both Rogan Corp. and Glenbrook North agreed that the Manufacturing Day event was a great success and should be repeated for future students.


Rogan Corp. Is an FDA-Registered Molder of Medical Devices

As a leading molder of hard and soft materials incorporated into medical devices intended for commercial distribution in the United States, Rogan Corp. registers annually with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as required by Title 21 CFR Part 807. While the FDA only regulates and approves the highest-risk medical devices, Rogan's registration means that it is recognized by the FDA as a medical device manufacturer and is in compliance with FDA regulations.

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