The plant tour program was established by Mayor Dave Mitchell and Corry Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Rick Novotny. These tours were set up to give Corry City Council and the community a better sense of these businesses and highlight their strengths that benefit the community.
This month's tour was attended by Mitchell, Novotny and Corry Hi-Ed Council Executive Director Brody Howard, who met with Ernie Ferro, president of Corry Rubber.
The meeting gave time for city leaders to talk with company officials before the tour to familiarize them with the company and discuss ideas to help industries in the area.
Ferro spoke of the need for finding more qualified and skilled workers, a need that Mitchell said all the other companies are facing
Howard spoke about how valuable plant tour meetings are for discovering workforce training needs of local industry, that led the implementation of new Hi-Ed workforce training courses this fall.
Introduction to Flux Core Welding and Industrial Electricity are two courses that are scheduled, inspired by plant tour discussions.
"These conversations provide Corry Hi-Ed vital information necessary for relevant workforce training program design that will ultimately benefit employer organizations and its future workforce," Howard said.
Corry Rubber specializes in the production of elastomers, materials that exhibit rubber-like properties, molded with custom precision.
The company also works with state-of-the-art injection and extrusion equipment, which can push the material through to make a precise shape.
Corry Rubber has multiple certifications from NSF International Strategic Registrations, with the American National Standards Institute/American Society of Quality Control National Accreditation Board.
Other certifications are with International Automotive Task Force, International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation/Mutual Recognition Arrangement and the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation.
With almost 58 years of operations, the company will be celebrating it's 58th anniversary on Aug. 15.
The company started with four employees and is now a multi-million dollar company that employs over 40 people.
Corry Rubber has design engineers to work with clients with specialized needs.
The company mixes and tests elastomers on site and can create prototypes for customers before production.
"They have a very good operation with a lot of modern equipment," Mitchell said, following the tour.