On Saturday, August 3rd, people and business from all over the town of Plainfield gathered to enjoy the 2019 Celebrate Plainfield Day festivities. This family and community focused event featured booths from many area businesses as well as competitions, bounce houses, and live entertainment.
Westminster Tool joined in the fun by hosting our own booth which featured a guessing game. Anyone wishing to participate could try and guess the contents of four containers, each holding a different item. The individual with the closest guess for each container after the event would win a $15 gift card, with four prizes being distributed to all the top guessers. (See image of our booth below).
The town’s Economic Development Commission presented its first ever Business of the Year award to Westminster Tool during the celebration. Nominees for the award had to operate in the town of Plainfield, had to have contributed positively to the Plainfield Community, and had to demonstrate their active community involvement. Community involvement is something Westminster Tool has no shortage of. Westminster Tool has been a continuous contributor to the Plainfield community through various outreach programs. One such program is Moosup Elementary Makerspace, which Westminster Tool has remained active in supporting through donations and grant acquisitions and has been able to donate over $20,000 toward the program. In addition to the support of Makerspace, Westminster Tool provides volunteers at the elementary school’s Fall Festival and the spring STEM event.
Westminster Tool has also reached out and formed a partnership with Plainfield High School with the goal of promoting awareness and education of local advanced manufacturing career opportunities. This allows Plainfield students to receive real world experience in manufacturing as well as obtain skills necessary to advance them in a career in manufacturing. To do this, Westminster Tool participates in a mock interview program to help the students develop interview training skills as well as offering tours of the facility to students interested in careers in manufacturing and engineering. Westminster Tool has also been an active sponsor of the yearly high school play.
To help raise money for the various outreach programs, Westminster Tool sponsors their annual 5K Fun Run/Walk. The event not only brings the community together, but all the proceeds go to the Plainfield community to support hands-on learning programs and manufacturing pathway curricula.
Beyond outreach programs, Westminster Tool serves Plainfield with their work as a member of the Plainfield Business Association. Westminster Tool also works with the Plainfield Advisory Board focusing on school and business collaboration with Plainfield High School. Inviting the community into their doors to learn about local opportunities in advanced manufacturing during their annual Open House event is just another way Westminster Tool has worked to engage the community.
We are honored to receive the Business of the Year Award and are grateful to be a contributing member of the Plainfield community. We are committed to our goal of raising manufacturing awareness and building the local economy. Westminster Tool is proud to be part of events such as Celebrate Plainfield Day because we believe it is important to continue strengthening community relationships.