Southampton, PA —Tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries donated another six laptop computers to the Caramanico School in Ratanakiri, Cambodia. The school, located in a remote area of northeast Cambodia, was built in 2006 and serves students through grade twelve. This recent donation, NewAge’s third, brings the total number of donated laptops to 16.
“We’re honored to contribute to the school,” said Ken Baker, CEO. “It’s great to give this equipment a second life and help students learn. The children in this rural area of Cambodia have such an opportunity at the Caramanico School – one student recently won a math award in a country-wide competition. We’re pleased to be a small part of the school’s and the students’ successes.”
The six laptops were donated complete with docking stations and operating systems. They will be powered by the school’s solar panels that NewAge helped fund several years ago. NewAge is solar powered itself and produces 1MW of electricity annually from its rooftop array.
NewAge Industries’ connection to Cambodia lies in its employees, 20% of whom are originally from the country. The company’s first Cambodian employee, Nang Chhoeung, started over 20 years ago as a tubing extrusion operator. NewAge’s employee referral program led to the hiring of other Cambodian immigrants, initially Nang’s family members and friends. Nang is now the day shift supervisor for NewAge’s plastic tubing production lines. Other long-term, Cambodian-born employees include Josh Ream (silicone manufacturing supervisor, 19 years), Peter Chao (press operator, 17 years), Samang Hout and Monica Dann (product inspectors, 14 years), and Bunna Soth (press operator, 11 years).
NewAge is involved with local schools as well. The company employs engineering students from Drexel University on a six-month rotational basis, offers summer internships to high school students, sponsors a robotics team from an area middle school, and last year hosted another middle school’s students involved in the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video competition.
“We believe it’s important to help today’s students, because they’re tomorrow’s leaders,” noted Baker, who regularly visits the business classes of two high schools to discuss topics ranging from business ethics to career development. “They are our future, and it’s our responsibility and privilege to guide them.”
Pictured left to right in the accompanying photo are NewAge employees Mabory Tav (product inspector, eight years) and Kimly Ourn (mold shop supervisor, six years), Anne Marble (founding member of the Caramanico Foundation), NewAge employees Siravuth Sinn (press operator, four years) and Thanh Ma (press operator, six years), and Ken Baker.
Visit http://www.caramanicofoundation.org/ for information on the Caramanico School and its goals.
For more information on NewAge’s community service efforts, visit http://www.newageindustries.com/commserv.asp. See www.newageindustries.com for details on the company’s tubing and hose products, or contact an employee-owner by phone: 800-506-3924 or 215-526-2300; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; fax 800-837-1856 or 215-526-2190; or at 145 James Way, Southampton, PA 18966.
About NewAge® Industries
In business since 1954, NewAge Industries manufactures and fabricates thermoplastic and thermoset tubing and hose. The company offers one of the broadest product lines of tubing, hose, and fittings in the U.S., and its custom extrusion and fabrication services are unrivaled. NewAge Industries maintains an inventory of over ten million feet of tubing and hose and prides itself on same-day shipment of 98% of orders for its core product lines. In 2006, NewAge initiated an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) for the benefit of both its employees and customers.
The AdvantaPure® division of NewAge Industries is ISO 9001:2008 certified and specializes in high purity tubing, hose, single use process manifolds and systems, and other molded components for the pharmaceutical, biomedical, food, beverage, and chemical industries. All products are manufactured, stored, and shipped using the cleanest methods possible to ensure unsurpassed product purity. Automated product identification systems, including gamma stable RFID tags and labels, are offered by NewAge’s Verigenics® division.