The Season of Giving Lasts All Year for Team 1 Plastics
It’s Christmas – the season of giving, and Team 1 Plastics, a plastic injection molding company for the mobility industry, has continued two annual holiday season traditions of giving – giving to the local food bank and giving to one of its own Team Members.
Each year, Team 1 Plastics donates a percentage of its annual sales to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan in the name of each of its customers to honor them and thank them for doing business with Team 1. And each year, the company’s Team Members are encouraged to donate part of their salaries to a local family in need. The Team Members’ generous gifts are doubled because Team 1 Plastics matches each donation.
But, giving is not limited to the holiday season at Team 1 Plastics – it’s a part of the company’s culture all year round through its Championship Dream. For example, earlier in the year, the company sponsored the FIRST®robotics team of Michigan Center Middle School, located in Jackson, Michigan.
Joslin Clem, a 12-years old seventh grader, is a member of the Michigan Center Middle School Robotics team. She is also the daughter of Craig Clem, a Tool Maintenance Specialist at Team 1 Plastics.
According to Joslin, the team is in its second year of existence. Begun in the 2017-2018 school year, the team originally consisted of 14 seventh and eighth grade students and had early success. Joslin said that in its first ever meet, the team was “able to be a part of the winning alliance. Then, it followed up with a design award that same year. Thank for your donation. It was a great help in starting our program.”
This year, the team has grown enough to split into two teams for competition. The team on which Joslin competes is Team Stormbreakers, and its official number for competition is 15318.
Joslin said that her team and its robot, Groot, competed during the Fall of 2018 in two meets — one at East Jackson High School and one at Oxford Middle School. “This year’s game is a real challenge with elevation of the robot as part of both the autonomous and driver-controlled elements.” She added, “Sadly, we didn’t get invited into any alliances or win any trophies in either of those games.”
Team 1 Plastics is pleased to be able to share its resources with organizations in its local community, like FIRST®Robotics and the Food Bank, and strives to continue to be a positive community member.