NewAge(R) Industries Donates More Laptop Computers to a Rural Cambodian School
Plastic tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries made a third donation of computers to the Caramanico School in Ratanakiri, Cambodia. NewAge employs many team members originally from Cambodia. The company is involved with its local schools as well.
By: NewAge Industries Inc.
"We're honored to contribute to the school," said Ken Baker, CEO. "It's great to give this equipment a second life and help students learn. The children in this rural area of Cambodia have such an opportunity at the Caramanico School – one student recently won a math award in a country-wide competition. We're pleased to be a small part of the school's and the students' successes."
The six laptops were donated complete with docking stations and operating systems. They will be powered by the school's solar panels that NewAge helped fund several years ago. NewAge is solar powered itself and produces 1MW of electricity annually from its rooftop array.
NewAge Industries' connection to Cambodia lies in its employees, 20% of whom are originally from the country. The company's first Cambodian employee, Nang Chhoeung, started over 20 years ago as a tubing extrusion operator. NewAge's employee referral program led to the hiring of other Cambodian immigrants, initially Nang's family members and friends. Nang is now the day shift supervisor for NewAge's plastic tubing production lines. Other long-term, Cambodian-born employees include Josh Ream (silicone manufacturing supervisor, 19 years), Peter Chao (press operator, 17 years), Samang Hout and Monica Dann (product inspectors, 14 years), and Bunna Soth (press operator, 11 years).
NewAge is involved with local schools as well. The company employs engineering students from Drexel University on a six-month rotational basis, offers summer internships to high school students, sponsors a robotics team from an area middle school, and last year hosted another middle school's students involved in the "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?"
"We believe it's important to help today's students, because they're tomorrow's leaders," noted Baker, who regularly visits the business classes of two high schools to discuss topics ranging from business ethics to career development. "They are our future, and it's our responsibility and privilege to guide them."
For more information on NewAge's community service efforts, visit http://www.newageindustries.com/
About NewAge Industries
In business since 1954, NewAge Industries manufactures plastic and rubber tubing in reinforced and unreinforced styles. The company maintains a large inventory of tubing and fittings for its core product lines, provides custom extrusion and fabrication capabilities, and services customers worldwide. In 2006, NewAge initiated an ESOP and became an employee owned company for the benefit of both its employees and customers.
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NewAge Industries Inc.