December 21, 2014

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Local manufacturer plays part in movie’s message

The staff at Automation Tool & Die is sponsoring showings in the community of American Made Movie. The team, from left, is Randy Bennett, co-owner, Michelle Wedlake, Madalyn Kolarik, HR Administrator, Jennifer Compton, and Bill Bennett co-owner. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

The staff at Automation Tool & Die is sponsoring showings in the community of American Made Movie. The team, from left, is Randy Bennett, co-owner, Michelle Wedlake, Madalyn Kolarik, HR Administrator, Jennifer Compton, and Bill Bennett co-owner. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Leaders of a Brunswick manufacturing facility are sponsoring a movie aimed at helping people understand modern American manufacturing and the job opportunities available.

“People envision manufacturing as it was decades ago, or they see it as a field that’s less than desirable,” said Jennifer Compton, human resources manager for Automation Tool & Die in Brunswick.

(Photo provided by American Made Movie)

(Photo provided by American Made Movie)

Compton’s company, a metal stamping facility that employs more than 70 people at four facilities, is hoping to change that misconception.

The company is sponsoring two big-screen showings of “American Made Movie” in Medina in April. The movie highlights where and how American goods are produced and what the career prospects in manufacturing.

“It’s a shame more people don’t know about what we do,” said Randy Bennett, who owns the company with his brother, Bill.

The company manufactures parts for everything from vehicles to office chairs, and Bennett said he hopes that by bringing a movie to town about the practical uses for American-made products, he can bring excitement to the industry.

Bill said he thinks the manufacturing industry needs to become a major player in educating parents and students about prospective careers in manufacturing, and about the role manufacturing plays in their community.

“We need to come together as a community to show what our industry offers,” Bennett said.

“It will take some footwork from our manufacturers.”

The company is also reaching out to students through the Medina Career Center offering apprenticeship hours after getting it credentialed by the state of Ohio.

“The curriculum is strong, we’re going to challenge them,” Bennett said.

Compton said as she began to find ways to reach out to students who might be interested in manufacturing, she came across “American Made Movie” and thought it might be a good for the whole community, not just students interested in the field.

“A lot of times parents don’t understand that there is a viable career path available,” she said. “We want to help people get exposure to these careers.”

American made movie will be presented at Regal Cinemas Medina at 7 p.m. April 16 and 10 a.m. April 19. The showing is free but reservations are required for tickets. To reserve tickets and view movie trailers, visit www.automationTD.com/AmericanMadeMovie.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or at lgenson@medina-gazette.com.