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New Way Air Bearings Welcomes Middle Schoolers for “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Program

January 11, 2019 – ASTON, Pa. New Way Air Bearings proudly hosted local middle school students for the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? program for the second consecutive year.

The program pairs local middle schools with manufacturing companies in order to give students a first-hand look at the face of today’s high-tech manufacturing industry. Students spend a few days at their assigned company then create a video showcasing what they experienced and learned.

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Nick Hackett, President of New Way Air Bearings, shows an eighth-grade student from Delaware County Christian School how one of their machines enables them to create high-precision products utilizing Porous Media Technology™

There are some really cool high technology manufacturing companies in the area but nobody knows about that.” explained Nick Hackett, President of New Way Air Bearings, “The program really helps to overcome the idea that manufacturing is an old dirty steel mill.”

Last year, New Way worked with students from Radnor Middle School who won the award for Outstanding Creativity for the video they created. This year, New Way is paired with students from Delaware County Christian School (DCCS.)

“This program is very important for our students. It shows them that manufacturing is more intriguing and high-tech than just producing the same part over and over again,” said Christi Rhine, an English teacher at DCCS

The group of about a dozen students toured the facility, interviewed Hackett and other New Way employees and learned how New Way produces components for devices they use every day.

Sarah Stahl, one of the 8th graders, was intrigued to learn how one of the most popular New Way products, air bars, floats the glass enabling more highly-precise processing and inspection so vital in flat panel cell phone screens and televisions. “It’s been a really cool experience,” Stahl said.

Hackett believes both the students and New Way benefit from this event, “Not only does participating in this program support the company’s mission of community involvement, but it also teaches us to look at our business from the eyes of a 13-year-old and in the process to realize how exciting and cool it is.”

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? was started in 2013 by the Manufacturers Resource Center in Allentown, Pa. and has met with such success it has now expanded to 15 regions in Pennsylvania and 11 additional states.

New Way® Air Bearings, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is the world’s leading independent designer and manufacturer of modular air bearing products and the recognized provider of porous media air bearing solutions, sold in over 30 countries worldwide. New Way has been recognized for multiple years on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing, private companies in America, and as a Deloitte Fast 50 Technology company for the Philadelphia, PA, USA Region and is a past recipient of The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Technological Excellence of the Year Award. New Way is located in Aston, PA. Learn more at www.newwayairbearings.com


Richard Hesse, Technical Sales Manager, rhesse@newwayairbearings.com, 610-364-3465

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Aston, PA 19014

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