CMA (Tacoma) Spring Science Classes

CMA (Tacoma) Spring Science Classes

June 05, 2018

In June of 2018, associates CMA (Tacoma) volunteered to visit Elk Plain School of Choice to teach an experimental science class to 7th and 8th grade students. Over the course of two days, associates presented to five classes, totaling about 110 students. 

Each class had a volunteer begin the presentation with a quick introduction of CMA and the other volunteers assisting during the classes. The presentation focused on environmental issues such as water shortages and possible solutions to these issues; a topic that the students had focused on throughout their time at the school. One solution to the water shortages presented to the students was a product made by Toray called the Ultrafiltration Membrane, as well as facilities that are used to process water for consumption. Students gathered into small groups as volunteers demonstrated the process using a UF Membrane by filtering clear sugar water from orange juice. 

Afterwards, the lesson moved on Global Warming and introduced the students to carbon fiber and prepreg. Students were the process to make carbon fiber and prepreg, and the environmental benefits from it, such as reducing the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. Concluding the lesson, students were able to see and discuss finished products made with carbon fiber and future career opportunities. 

CMA is proud to discuss science and innovation with the local community, and looks forward to visiting more schools in the future.

Paddles Up!!

Paddles Up!!

May 12, 2018

On May 12th, 2018, Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. (CMA) Decatur Plant sponsored the 7th Annual Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation Dragon Boat Race and Festival, in order to raise donations in support of their local Morgan county hospital. The fundraiser is vital in helping the hospital treat more than 75,000 patients annually who are in need of services. This year’s funds will go towards the mobile medical unit for Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, which has a $350,000 price tag. The mobile medical unit will help enhance the community outreach.

Three Dragon Boat teams entered in this year’s festival, each team consisting of 25 paddlers, a drummer and helmsman, race in authentic 46-foot-long dragon boat. The boat teams and Captains were; Strokin' Aces with Captain Gay Lee Quinn (Financial & Accounting), The Dirty Oars with Captain Robert Szmyd (Spinning Maintenance), and “Don’t Panic” with Rookie Captain Jerry Onwu (Carbonization Maintenance).

More than 5,000 people came to Point Mallard Aquatic Center Beach to cheer on the racers, which consisted of 65 teams and more than 1,600 paddlers participating in the daylong event. In addition to dragon boat racing, the water park featured tailgating, entertainment, cultural activities, concessions and activities for visitors of all ages.

Not only do the participating employees feel a strong connection to the racing, they feel connected to the experience. From the start of the race day, the playing of the Japanese “Taiko” drums and placing the eye on the dragon by Terry Patterson (Plant Manager) to the end of the day when winners were announced. They feel a connection with the community and are proud to be a part of the Toray family.

CMA (Tacoma) Partners with Bethel School District for Outreach Programs and the Arts

CMA (Tacoma) Partners with Bethel School District for Outreach Programs and the Arts

April 11, 2018

On April 11th, 2018, CMA hosted actor and historian, Lee Stetson, to return as John Muir for three days. John Muir is considered the “Father of the National Parks”, championing conservations and environmental preservation through journals he maintained during the late 19th and early 20th century.

Playing the part of John Muir, Lee entertained and educated over 600 students at six different middle schools in the Bethel School District, Columbia Crest A-S.T.E.M. Academy, Eatonville Middle School, Cougar Mountain Middle School, Liberty Middle School, Bethel Middle School and Elk Plain School of Choice; located nearby CMA Tacoma. Stories from John’s youth gave students an idea of what the world was like in the early 20th century; including the wild adventures he had in the great outdoors. Following the tales from John Muir’s life, students were given the opportunity to ask questions, some even thanking John Muir for inspiring them to get out and explore the great outdoors.

CMA is pleased to continue its outreach and CSR efforts to areas nearby its plants across the United States in hopes that students will grow to appreciate the environment around them and strive to improve environmental issues in the future.

Winter CSR Activities of CMA

Winter CSR Activities of CMA

March 02, 2018

Tacoma Plant held their annual “Giving Campaign.” Holiday trees were setup in each break room decorated with tags that listed a wish list from a child in need from the local community. All 60 children, from 27 families, were provided for this holiday season.

Volunteers from the Decatur Plant donated their time to help Hospice of the Valley (HOTV) located in Decatur, Alabama, and participated in the HOTV kickball tournament fundraiser; which raised 24,000 dollars from everyone attending the event. In addition, Decatur Plant participated in the Tennessee Valley (North Alabama) annual “Coat Drive,” where new or gently used jackets would be provided to those in need.

During this time, both plants partnered with United Way to hold a workplace campaign. Employees were able to choose from many United Way programs to donate to, all of which serve the local community. At the end of both campaigns, CMA raised a total of 30,000 dollars with company matching.

The Spartanburg Plant partnered with the Spartanburg Housing Authority to give employees the opportunity to “Adopt an Angel” this Christmas. A holiday tree was setup in the lobby where employees could choose a wish list from one of 133 children from the Prince Hall community; any remaining was ensured to be provided for by General Affairs Department of Spartanburg Plant.

CMA is pleased to give back to its local communities and look forward to future opportunities to do so.