Plastic Omnium renews its $1 million commitment to Focus: HOPE’s workforce development programs

Focus: HOPE has received a commitment from automotive supplier Plastic Omnium for a three-year, $1 million donation to support workforce development and education initiatives in machining, engineering and information technology.

Plastic Omnium, which operates 17 plants globally and supplies bumpers, modules and fuel systems to automotive OEMs, has now committed more than $2 million to Focus: HOPE since May 2012.

Programming supported by this commitment are workforce readiness, development, and college degree programs in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math initiatives.

This donation will also renew Plastic Omnium’s commitment as the presenting sponsor of Focus: HOPE’s annual fundraising walk, Eleanor’s Walk for Hope, through 2018.

“This is a very generous commitment that will truly make a significant difference in the lives of many historically underserved local residents. The money provided by Plastic Omnium will give hundreds of Detroiters the opportunity to more a fulfilling life, through a meaningful and sustainable career,” said William F. Jones, Jr., CEO of Focus: HOPE. “We are extremely appreciative of this support, and of the partnership that Plastic Omnium has established with us and with the Detroit area in general.”

Plastic Omnium exhibited for the first time at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While there, Plastic Omnium President & CEO Laurent Burelle said that his company’s participation in the Auto Show is a testament to the importance of its long-term investment in North America.

“We will proceed to strongly invest in North America, in our plans, in innovative products and in the safety of our people. In this line, we are proud to announce that we will renew our three-year, $1 million commitment to Focus HOPE’s workforce development initiatives,” Burelle said.

 
“This is a very generous commitment that will truly make a significant difference in the lives of many historically underserved local residents."
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