PCA’s sheet plant in Conrad, Iowa, recently hosted a local first grade class from BCLUW Community School District. BCLUW represents the towns of Beaman, Conrad, Liscomb, Union, Whitten and rural Marshalltown. Upon entering the PCA Conrad facility, each child was given a lanyard with his/her own name tag. The 28 small visitors also received boxes printed with the words “Future Boxmakers of America” that were filled with key chains, tape measures, safety glasses, ear plugs and more.
According to Conrad’s Production Manager, Mike Kruse, who coordinated the event: “We took the kids up the stairs to the mezzanine, and they could see quite a lot from up there. They were amazed to see the boxes come down the conveyer lines and be moved along to other machines across the plant. One of the kids said to me, ‘You work in the best place ever!’ Conrad is a small town, and it’s good to get the word out about PCA and be involved in the community. I hope to do this again next year.”
PCA frequently partners with school districts nationwide, conducting plant tours and talking to students about various manufacturing jobs. To learn more about how we are involved in our communities, please go to www.packagingcorp.com/community-outreach.
First graders from the BCLUW Community School District in Iowa explore the gift boxes they received as part of their tour of PCA’s Conrad facility.