By Amanda Engen
The Air Products Foundation of Allentown, Pennsylvania recently announced that it will donate $15,000 to The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) and The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC), both located in Columbus, Ohio, to foster innovation by the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals.
The 82nd Conference on Glass Problems (GPC), which is presented by the GMIC, will take place November 1-4, 2021 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
“Air Products has been committed to helping the ceramic and glass industry for many decades, developing innovative combustion and industrial gas-based technologies for lower operating costs, higher quality and a reduced environmental footprint,” said Mike Pires, Director of Strategy, Marketing and Technology-Americas at Air Products. “These donations to the CGIF and GMIC will help achieve their goals of attracting, inspiring and training future ceramic and glass professionals, and we are proud to contribute to the industry’s bright future.”
According to Marcus Fish, Director of Development for the CGIF, the support offered by Air Products is invaluable. “With all of the challenges we’ve been facing these last 18 months, this donation enables us to do outreach to inspire the next generation of glass and ceramic professionals.”
“It’s a testament to Air Products’ vision, that they have made this commitment to helping to develop the work force that will take the glass manufacturing industry forward into the next generation,” said GMIC’s Executive Director Bob Lipetz. “We are grateful that progressive companies like Air Products support the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council’s efforts through their generous grants.”
The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation was created in 2014 by The American Ceramic Society. In pursuit of its mission, the CGIF developed and manages several programs in the areas of K-12 student outreach, university-industry networks, student travel grants and exchanges and student leadership development programs.
Air Products is a world-leading industrial gases company in operation for 80 years. Focused on serving energy, environment and emerging markets, the Company provides essential industrial gases, related equipment and applications expertise to customers in dozens of industries including glass, refining, chemical, metals, electronics, manufacturing and food and beverage. Air Products is also the global leader in the supply of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment.
The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council was founded in 1998 to facilitate, organize and promote the interests, economic growth and sustainability of the glass industry through education and cooperation in the areas of technology, productivity, innovation and the environment.