Legacy Molding’s Rob Wright explained the workings of one of his firm’s plastic injection molding machines at the Riverton event today. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The fifth in a series of events saluting manufacturing in Wyoming was held today in Riverton. Area manufacturers were invited to a barbecue luncheon hosted at Legacy Molding and sponsored by the Manufacturing-Works (MW) program. Manufacturing-Works is a partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming.
“This is all about celebrating manufacturing,” said Riverton Economic Development Director Phil Christopoherson, who also is one of the M-W’s regional directors. Legacy Molding, one of Riverton’s largest manufacturers, is a plastic injection molding firm. There were a variety of local firms represented at the lunch, from gunsmiths, knife makers, to Brunton’s transit and compass manufacturing operation to Pertech Industries’ printer products and everything in between.
“Anybody who manufactures a product we consider a part of the team,” said Bruce Miller, M-W’s regional director in Cheyenne. “Anybody who adds value to a material we consider a manufacturer. Here in Wyoming we aren’t like the smokestack industries that most people think about first,” he said. Miller noted that most people probably don’t even realize that Legacy Molding sits in the same building with Bealls Department Store.
Adam Johnson, M-W’s Casper director, said 2013 is the first year that manufacturers are being celebrated throughout the state. “We want to make it an annual event and let people across the state know that there is manufacturing here. There area so many in the state that no one knows about,” he said.
Those in attendance toured the Legacy Molding facility and heard from owner Rob Wright, who explained how his firm has grown over the years. One of the plastic injection molding machines work mode was producing the handle for a tear gas grenade, primarily used in law enforcement.