What's So Cool About Manufacturing - 2018 Contest Voting Open

From Feb. 14-16th, the public can cast their votes for the Viewer's Choice Award in the the 2018 What's So Cool About Manufacturing (Chester and Delaware Counties) video contest. 

In December 2017, a team of students from the Phoenixville school district came to Omega Design's manufacturing facility prepared to film equipment and interview employees. With guidance from their coach, the team learned to script, record, and edit their video stories. This marks the third consecutive year that Omega has participated in this student-led video contest to answer "What's So Cool About Manufacturing". The contest’s main objective is to change perceptions about manufacturing careers.

Watch the Video Entries and Vote

Take a few minutes to appreciate the students' hard work, while learning about manufacturers in our area. You can access the videos here:

https://www.whatssocool.org/contests/chester-delaware/

Be sure to cast your vote for your favorite video before Friday, Feb. 16th.  Winners will be announced at a formal Awards Ceremony in Malvern, Pa on Mar. 6th.

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Omega routinely partners with the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties (MACCDC) and other local organizations to raise awareness and interest in manufacturing careers.

Omega Wins a Coveted CBIZ Next Practice Award for Self Leadership

Omega Design received a tremendous honor within the insurance and wellness field and is happy to announce that CBIZ, the leading professional provider of finance and employee management consulting, awarded Omega with a 2017 Edington CBIZ Next Practice Award for Self-Leadership (Pillar III)

This Edington CBIZ Next Practice Award highlights Omega's "pioneering out-of-the-box approaches in their wellbeing programs to improve employee participation and outcomes and enrich the culture of the workplace".

Dr. Dee Edington is the grandfather of workplace wellness, having spent many years at the University of Michigan researching the topic.  The Edington CBIZ Next Practice Awards recognizes employers that are implementing innovative wellbeing programs and practices in one or more of these five pillars outlined by Dr. Dee Edington:

 
  •     Pillar I: Senior Leadership (engaged and committed leadership)
  •     Pillar II: Operational Leadership (positive environment, culture and climate)
  •     Pillar III: Self-Leadership (self-leadership and positive individual health)
  •     Pillar IV: Recognition and Rewards (positive personal motivation)
  •     Pillar V: Quality Assurance (measure and communicate what matters)

In addition, Omega was also honored with a “Great Beginnings Award in Senior Leadership (Pillar I)".  The Great Beginnings Awards recognizes organizations that are on the short path to becoming Next Practice Award winners.


About CBIZ

Named one of America’s 2015 Best Employers and ranked as the #1 employer in the consulting and accounting industry by Forbes magazine, CBIZ, Inc. provides professional business services that help clients better manage their finances and employees. CBIZ provides its clients with financial services including accounting, tax, financial advisory, government health care consulting, risk advisory, real estate consulting, and valuation services. Employee services include employee benefits consulting, property and casualty insurance, retirement plan consulting, payroll, life insurance, HR consulting, and executive recruitment. As one of the nation’s largest brokers of employee benefits and property and casualty insurance, and one of the largest accounting and valuation companies in the United States, the Company’s services are provided through more than 100 Company offices in 33 states.


Omega Exhibits at the Veterans Career and Wellness Expo

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Omega Design exhibited at the Veterans Career, Wellness, and Education Expo at the Chester Counter Technical College High School in Downingtown, Pa.

The goal of the expo was "to connect returning veterans with the services and support they need and deserve. Many veterans are not aware of all that is available to them, and [this expo] is our part to inform them."

The Omega family has a long history of past and present employees and their relatives serving in the Armed Forces.  Omega's founder, Robert Woll Siegele, served in the Korean War as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the 578th Engineer Battalion.

Omega was proud to sponsor this event.

Spring Recap 2017: Omega is Proudly Committed to Educating Kids on Manufacturing and STEM Careers

Omega proudly supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) education and regularly engages with organizations to develop and support new and existing initiatives within the community.  Omega's workforce understands that knowledge is the key to a successful future.  Many employees wholeheartedly embrace the values behind STEM and will ask to volunteer whenever possible. 

Here is a recap of the events that Omega participated in during the Spring of 2017:

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School Tour

In April, Omega's held its highly praised, 4th annual, Machines in Motion Tour. This half-day event gave more than 120 third grade students, from Owen J Roberts elementary school, the opportunity to see and experience the six simple machines (lever, wedge, pulley, ramp, screw, and the wheel and axle) in operation. Kids rotated through eight unique stations that included: catapults, bottle races, and weight lifts with pulleys.

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Kids at Work

For the 2nd year, Omega hosted a Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (ages 8-18). The fun-packed day began with an egg-drop ice breaker, where pairs of kids used packaging materials to build a container that could hold and protect an egg from a 2-story drop. (FYI: No eggs survived). Later, the kids were engaged with team building exercises, a tour, job shadowing, and several opportunities to see the value of education.

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Girls Expo

Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT) is an annual regional expo (for girls grades 5-10). Omega's women-led team ran a booth at the show for the second year. They shared stories of how their STEM careers are fulfilling, rewarding, and fun. Visitors at Omega's booth also learned the importance of packaging automation from machine videos on display and by engaging in a hands-on booth activity. More than 800 girls and 300 parents attended the event.

Design Contest

For its third year, Omega employees went to Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) to serve as volunteer judges in the annual STEM Design Competition (for grades 4-8). Twenty elementary schools in the region sent a team of four students to the competition, where kids used K'Nex snap-fit pieces and motors to assemble a custom structure that meets specific design criteria. Teams were then judged on their design, creativity, presentation, notes, aesthetics, and teamwork.

Video Contest

For its second year, Omega participated in the Chester and Delaware County What's So Cool About Manufacturing student-led video contest.  The initiative provides small teams of school students with a GoPro camera and assigns them to a local manufacturer.  The teams create short video profiles of their assigned companies and the career opportunities they offer.  Lionville Middle School team won the coveted "Cool Video" award for its profile of Omega.


Omega Delivers an Amazing Experience to Elementary Students for the 4th Year

Omega Design hosted its fourth annual Machines in Motion tour at its facility in Exton, Pa on Thursday, April 20, 2017. 

More than 120 third grade students, along with 30 chaperones and teachers, from East Coventry Elementary attended the half-day event to learn how Omega uses simple machines in manufacturing.  Students were divided into groups, which then rotated through eight diverse, hands-on stations focusing on packaging automation and the six simple machines (lever, wheel and axel, pulley, ramp, wedge, screw).

Each Spring since 2014, Omega has hosted this event to supplement lessons being taught in the classroom. The majority of Omega’s employees contribute in some form or another, such as acting as a tour guide, designing and running a tour station, communicating the event, and ensuring all guests have a safe and fun visit. 

Omega proudly supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) education and regularly engages with organizations to develop and support new and existing initiatives within the community. 

Employee Spotlight: Kourtney Caspersen

Omega congratulates Kourtney Caspersen for receiving the MACCDC Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties (MACCDC) promotes the growth of the manufacturing industry by providing workforce and economic development services to partnering companies. 

Kourtney Caspersen is the Chair of the Youth Committee of the MACCDC and recently received praise for her efforts behind the regional, student-led video contest, What's So Cool About Manufacturing.  The goal of her committee is to reach out to students, educators, and parents to show, and to encourage them to pursue, the many career opportunities in manufacturing.  Ultimately, the committee hopes to improve the workforce pipeline by debunking any negative misconceptions about the manufacturing industry, highlighting manufacturing careers, and developing experiential education pathways.

Kourtney is highly active with Omega's community outreach initiatives. She has lead multiple efforts in support of Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT), which is an annual day-long event (expo / workshops) aimed at girls in grades 5-10 to learn about career opportunities in a broad scope of STEM related industries.

According to one of the officials who nominated Kourtney for the volunteer-of-the-year award:

“I would like to officially nominate Kourtney Caspersen for her continuous and enthusiastic support of the Alliance.
Her leadership of the Youth Committee and active participation on the board and at partnership meetings have been a great asset to the Alliance. She is a tireless and effective spokesperson and has risen to all challenges presented to her. She has committed significant personal time contributing to What's So Cool About Manufacturing, the GETT conference, robotic demonstration to Owen J Roberts School District robot fair and to Alliance Networking events to name a few.”

Thanks for all of your hard work, Kourtney!

Lionville Middle School wins "Cool Award" for its video profile of Omega

Omega congratulates the Lionville Middle School student team who won the coveted "Cool Award" in the 2017 What's So Cool About Manufacturing regional competition.

An awards ceremony was held on Tuesday evening, April 4th, at the Penn State Great Valley campus with more than 250 attendees.  PA State Senator Andrew E. Dinniman was there to present prizes and to address the audience about the importance of manufacturing in our constantly changing world.

The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Video Contest is a growing initiative that started in the Lehigh Valley a few years ago. The initiative provides small teams of school students with a GoPro camera and assigns them to a local manufacturer.  The teams create short video profiles of their assigned companies and the career opportunities they offer. 

The awards ceremony was covered by local news stations. Click here to learn more at DailyLocal.com.


Omega's Role in the Community

This is the second year of the What's So Cool About Manufacturing contest in Chester County and the second time that Omega was a participating manufacturer. Omega routinely partners with the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties (MACCDC) and other local organizations to raise awareness and interest in manufacturing careers. 

Omega's Kourtney Caspersen, who is the Chair of the Youth Committee of the MACCDC, received praise at the awards ceremony for her efforts.  The Chair of the Manufacturing Alliance singled out Kourtney as "the driving force" behind this year's competition and "it wouldn't have been possible without her." 


Area High School Team Receives Video Award for Their Profile of Omega

Student awards were handed out for the Chester County "What's So Cool About Manufacturing" video competition on April 6, 2016 at the Penn State Great Valley campus in Malvern, Pa. Judges awarded the Phoenixville Area High School student team with the Outstanding Videography award for their short video profile of Omega Design and its manufacturing operation.

The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Video Contest is a growing initiative that provides small teams of high school students with a GoPro camera and assigns them to a local manufacturer.  The teams create short video profiles of their assigned companies and the career opportunities they offer.  The contest was an effort designed to dispel the outdated image of manufacturing as boring, dirty and dangerous and to introduce the community to the lean and clean work environments consistent in the high tech field of today’s manufacturing.

The Awards Ceremony celebrated students’ work and critical findings through trophies, speeches, certificates, medals, pictures, and videos.

Prizes were awarded for:

  • Outstanding Videography: Phoenixville Area High School for their video at Omega Design
  • Outstanding Editing: West Chester Henderson High School for their video at Acero Precision.
  • Outstanding Cool: Downingtown STEM Academy for their video at USSC Group.
  • Viewers’ Choice: Oxford Area High School for their video on Aerzen.
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Plaque to Omega for participating
 

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Through Kids Eyes: Watch the Video Recap of Omega's 2016 Machines in Motion Tour

Recently, and for the third year in a row, Omega Design hosted an all-day, hands-on tour at its facility for approximately 80 local students and teachers.

Omega's Machines in Motion tour was designed around the six simple machines (pulleys, levers, wedges, screws, inclined planes and wheels and axles), which are the simplest mechanisms that use mechanical advantage (or leverage) to multiply force. By rotating students in small groups through a series of stations, the third graders saw how the simple machines that they have been learning about in class are combined to produce more complex machines.

The Machines in Motion Tour is part of Omega's larger strategy focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curricula, community outreach and workforce development.

Machines in Motion video:

Six simple machines
 

What's So Cool About Manufacturing?

Recently, a small student team from Phoenixville High School visited Omega Design to film some of its manufacturing operations and to interview its employees. The team was paired with Omega as part of a contest being held in various counties across the state of Pennsylvania, to help raise awareness of manufacturing careers.

The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Video Contest is a growing initiative that started in the Lehigh Valley a few years ago. The initiative provides small teams of high school students with a GoPro camera and assigns them to a local manufacturer.  The teams create short video profiles of their assigned companies and the career opportunities they offer. 

Chester County Contest

The first Chester County student video contest was produced by the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties in Exton, Pa. The video contest features seven schools and seven manufacturers participating in the program and culminates in an award ceremony that takes place on April 6, 2016, at Penn State Great Valley.

The four awards this year are for “Outstanding Editing”, “Outstanding Cool”, “Outstanding Videography”, and “The Viewer’s Choice”. The last award, “The Viewer’s Choice” requires the community to go online and vote for the video they like the best.

Omega appreciates the hard work presented by the Phoenixville High School students and by all of the participants in this year's competition. Please take a few moments to view their video submissions and to submit your vote for the "Viewer's Choice" award.

View the Student Submissions and Vote!

 

About Dream It. Do It. PA

Dream It. Do It. PA is a partnership directed by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in Allentown, Pa., and is dedicated to changing perceptions and attitudes in the Keystone State about advanced manufacturing careers. Dream It. Do It. PA started in 2013 as an effort called Lehigh Valley Skill Up to raise awareness in the Lehigh Valley area. The popularity of the partnership’s flagship student video contests and its rights to the national Dream It. Do It. brand for Pennsylvania have enabled it to expand its reach throughout the commonwealth.