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Plastic Institute of America and A. Routsis team up

SpecialChem / Dec 18, 2002
LOWELL, MA, Dec. 18 -- Plastics Institute of America Inc. and A. Routsis Associates Inc. have teamed up to offer a unique combination of training and educational aids for plastics processors.

According to the two groups, an increasing number of companies are seeking a combination of on-site training along with or complemented by follow-up/leave behind materials (i.e., video and/or interactive CD-Rom training programs) that can serve as both refreshers and standalone training. Under the arrangement, each organization will offer each other�s products and services as part of their total package and total service programs. Both PIA and A. Routsis Associates will continue to offer their own individualized products as well.

Dr. Aldo Crugnola, PIA executive director, said the new relationship with A. Routsis gives the plastics industry complete packages for training. He added that the new offerings do not compete with any other programs currently available. Companies who want PIA's on-site modules can also access video and interactive CD-ROM offerings from Routsis after training is completed. Conversely, companies wanting training with videos and utilizing other electronic technology can avail themselves of PIA on-site courses.

PIA, in conjunction with the UMass at Lowell faculty, adjunct faculty, and industry experts, offers more than two dozen specialized on-site training programs for plastics plant personnel. These programs range from control systems and SPC to elastomers, mold design, and thermoforming.

Andy Routsis, founder and president of A. Routsis Associates and a University of Massachusetts at Lowell graduate, said the additional offering of on-site training allowing company personnel to gain experience in their own working environment adds another dimension to employee growth and retention. A. Routsis is a leading supplier of video and interactive CD-ROm training programs.


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