Aptar Shows Off McHenry Facility to Students for National Manufacturing Day

Story: Brett Rowlandbrowland@shawmedia.com

Photo: H. Rick Bamman – hbamman@shawmedia.com

AptarGroup opened its doors to students for National Manufacturing Day on October 3. Prairie Ridge High School students put on white coats, hair nets and safety goggles to see how AptarGroup’s 50,000-square-foot McHenry, Illinois facility makes 900 million products a year – including the valves and over caps that go on a variety of beauty and home products such as spray-on sunscreen.

John Washabaugh, director of manufacturing at the McHenry plant, walked students through the manufacturing process and touched on everything from quality control and safety to production costs and sustainability.

“I hope they see the stigmas about manufacturing aren’t true,” Washabaugh said after showing students a one-of-a-kind manufacturing machine.

For many students, the tour did just that.

“When you think of a factory, you think it will be dirty and scary,” said Jessica Caravello, a 17-year-old Prairie Ridge student who toured the plant with students from an engineering class. “But this was modern and clean and full of machines and technology.”

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Photo: Prairie Ridge High School students (from left) Carson Getzelman, Cole Luehr and Zach Blakewell tour the Aptar facility in McHenry during Manufacturing Day. The annual event is designed to expose students to broad spectrum of careers in manufacturing and change perceptions about what it’s like to work in the manufacturing industry.