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[Image above] Rick Beuttel of Air Products presents a check to Marcus Fish (center) of The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation and Robert Lipetz of the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council. Credit: ACerS CGIF

You came to the 78th Conference on Glass Problems (GPC). You visited Air Products Foundation’s hospitality suite. And you did not disappoint. In fact, you helped Air Products ensure a future for the next generation of ceramic and glass students and young professionals.

Last month we reported on Air Products’ promise to donate $100, up to $15,000 to the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) for every visitor who stopped by its hospitality suite at the GPC in Columbus, Ohio.

Attendees visited and Air Products delivered. The company presented a check to the CGIF and the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council, the trade association for the glass industry, which organizes the GPC each year.

The money goes toward student travel grants to attend GPC, as well as CGIF initiatives to help with its mission to attract and train ceramic and glass professionals.

“We are extremely grateful to Air Products for championing our efforts in student outreach,” CGIF director of development Marcus Fish says in a news release on the CGIF website. “This gift will support our mission to attract and train the highest quality talent available to work with engineered systems and products that utilize glass and ceramic materials.”

Air Products is a leading industrial gases company that provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including glass, refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. The company is also a leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment.

“For more than 50 years, Air Products has been committed to helping glass producers improve their operations with innovative combustion and industrial gas technologies,” Air Products director of business development–Americas Rick Beuttel says. “Air Products is honored to support the CGIF’s effort in student outreach to create and develop the next generation of industry professionals with a focus on innovation, new technologies, and sustainability.”

“This donation demonstrates how everyone benefits when progressive organizations like Air Products commit to investing in the future of their industry,” GMIC executive director Robert Lipetz comments. “It will allow us to provide student travel grants to the Conference on Glass Problems, which will afford students the valuable opportunity to interact with industry leaders.”

The CGIF was created in 2014 by The American Ceramic Society to attract, inspire, and train the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals. Since its inception, the foundation has supported hundreds of students through student exchanges and travel grants.

The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council, founded in 1998, is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of the glass manufacturing industry. Its mission is to facilitate, organize and promote the interests, economic growth, and sustainability of the glass industry through education and cooperation in the areas of technology, productivity, innovation, and the environment.

Thank you to Air Products Foundation for your generous gift to the ceramics and glass industry!

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