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Explorer post at Confer Plastics

Exploring is a worksite-based program of the Boy Scouts of America and is designated for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years old. Exploring units, called “posts”, usually have a focus on a single career field, such as police, fire/rescue, health, law, aviation, engineering, or the like, and may be sponsored by a government or business entity.

Working in conjunction with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the BSA, a manufacturing Explorer post will launched by Confer Plastics this fall, led by Cliff Hoover, Frank Fedele, Kathy Armol and Bob Confer.

The program will run through the school year and the post will meet the second Wednesday of each month from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM. It will feature the following agenda that will follow the life cycle of a product from start to finish, with considerable hands-on experience in our factory:

Oct: Introduction to Confer Plastics and manufacturing
Nov: Sales and marketing
Dec: Design and engineering
Jan: Production Part 1
Feb: Production Part 2
Mar: Quality and safety
Apr: Distribution/warehousing and human resources
May: Management and leadership
June: Program closure and panel discussion about colleges and trade schools

The young men and women will be manufacturing experts when they’re done!

We are excited about this as we’re always looking for ways to educate the community (especially our youth) on the importance of USA-based manufacturing.

Enrollment is limited to the first 12 people. They need not currently be affiliated with the BSA to join the post — they can enroll in the BSA/Exploring and the post at the same time. Confer Plastics will cover any registration fees.

If interested in participating, contact Bob Confer at