At our April 10th SPE meeting we had the privilege for a behind the scenes tour of Stewart Haas Racing’s 200,000 sq. ft. facility located in Kannapolis, NC. This is home to a title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas CNC machining centers. I would love to show you some pictures but it is a top-secret facility so no cameras were allowed. We were able to see their advanced machining center with HAAS top of the line equipment used to make custom parts for the cars. It was similar to seeing a world class injection molding tooling shop and it ran 7 days a week to keep up with demand. Then we toured the area where cars come back from the race and were torn down completely, rebuilt from chassis up and then inspected with top of the line 3D laser scanning systems to insure quality control.
Personal Connection Still Important in Hunt for Job.
I’ve heard the complaints. You send out hundreds of resumes through job boards and other resources. None turn into an interview. If you question
job seekers who recently landed work, I think you’ll find many of them
went beyond the resume and made some type of personal connection. Yes, we start 2012 again emphasizing the importance networking, and a way to make a face-to-face impact on the person you’re trying to impress.
Many established NC firms find help spotting trends, developing and manufacturing new products and tweaking existing ones at the Polymers Center of Excellence.
“Do you have an idea that needs to be turned into a new material, a new product, or a new way to do things?” the center’s website asks. With help from the center’s staff, “Your idea can become physical reality.”
The Polymers Center of Excellence is the ultimate hands-on learning lab for people who know plastics. Inside its one-story building in University Research Park are modern labs and equipment for testing and making plastic materials and manufacturing sample products.
The center also has large meeting rooms for the many classes and seminars it hosts.