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Making an Impact at the 2022 Austin Regional Manufacturing Awards

March 09, 2023

Talk about making an impact! Chatsworth Products (CPI) was recently named a finalist for the Community Impact Award at the 2022 Austin Regional Manufacturing Awards, and during a special luncheon and awards ceremony hosted by the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA) on February 23 in Austin, TX, members of CPI’s executive team and CPI’s Georgetown, TX facility attended and represented the organization among a wide variety of Central Texas manufacturers and nominees, including Tesla, Firefly Aerospace and NXP Semiconductors.

The afternoon also featured a special panel discussion on the partnerships formed between manufacturers and the local communities in which they live and work, which included CPI HR Business Partner Manager, Amanda Siek, pictured in the center below during the panel discussion.

Photo courtesy of Austin Regional Manufacturers Association.
“We are incredibly proud to have been nominated for the ARMA Community Impact Award,” said Melissa Aleman, CPI Chief Human Resources Officer and one of CPI’s luncheon participants and attendees. “Not only does it help shine a light on the hard work and passion that our CPI Employee Owners display each and every day, but it represents CPI’s dedication to working within our local communities throughout the year—and on special occasions like Manufacturing Day—which introduces new generations to how essential production work is while inspiring young minds to find their calling through real-world experience and exposure.“

Of course, as Melissa mentions above, one of CPI’s most meaningful community outreach events has been its annual participation in helping promote manufacturing education through Manufacturing Day. For seven years and counting, CPI has joined other local Central Texas manufacturers in partnering with the Georgetown Independent School District (GISD) to welcome high school students to visit CPI’s Georgetown manufacturing facility. Not only does the occasion give students a unique, first-hand look at the manufacturing process in action, but it introduces them to the various career paths available in the field. This is especially useful at a time when staffing and retaining skilled workers in production roles is critical to company success and longevity.
Through CPI’s partnership with GISD, the company continues to help inspire the next generation of manufacturers and innovators. And by sharing its knowledge and expertise with students in a real-world setting, CPI is helping to break down the barriers that often prevent young people from pursuing careers in manufacturing. As a result, the partnership has been instrumental in creating a pipeline of new, young talent that is more readily equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the industry and help CPI continue to thrive.
Furthermore, CPI's commitment to continuing education extends well beyond Manufacturing Day. The company also supports various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives across all of its U.S.-based facilities, including sponsorship of local robotics competitions and mentorships for students pursuing STEM degrees.
As the manufacturing industry continues to evolve and grow, CPI looks forward to continuing to contribute to the future of the manufacturing workforce by continuing to support the people and organizations whose hard work and passion for these essential jobs remains as vital as ever.
To learn more about manufacturing opportunities (and many others!) at CPI, be sure to visit our Careers webpage. To see more photos from this wonderful afternoon, click here.
Posted by Angelique Pollock, Digital Content Specialist at 3/9/2023 8:31:53 AM
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