2014 Holiday Giving Campaign

December 31, 2014

Following its annual 'Giving Campaign,' TCA is pleased with the participation from associates in giving to the local community this past holiday season.

Each year, TCA participates in a United Way pledge drive, which gives associates the option to pledge money to the United Way of Pierce County. Their organization oversees hundreds of local programs that provide support to the community, including housing and shelter programs, food, and transportation. A percentage of the money pledged by associates was matched by TCA and also donated to the United Way.

The second portion of TCA's Giving Campaign is the Giving Tree, which provides Christmas gifts to children in need. TCA once again partnered with nearby Bethel School District to obtain gift tags for 64 children in 20 families. Associates selected and shopped for about half of the tags, and TCA purchased items on the remaining tags. In the end, over 200 gifts were purchased and given to the children.

TCA is grateful for its associates' generous contributions to the 2014 Giving Campaign, and is happy to provide charitable contributions to the community. We look forward to ongoing opportunities to continue doing so.

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Part of TCA's Giving Tree gifts ready to deliver to children

Giving Campaign 2

Part of TCA's Giving Tree gifts ready to deliver to children

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From left, Jay Brower (Bethel Schools), Kazumi Kawamura (TCA), Erica Buege (TCA), Jessica Robinson (TCA), Noriko Musgrave (TCA), and Dodie Raden (Bethel Schools)

TCA Presentation at Clover Park Math Conference

October 14, 2014

2014 CPTC Math Conf

This year's annual Clover Park Technical College Math Conference, held on October 9, once again featured a presentation by TCA. Jay Berndt and Cody Schwenn (Test Lab) had the opportunity to speak to four groups of about 30 middle school students throughout the day. In total, more than 800 students visited campus for the conference.

Cody, a Clover Park Technical College graduate, spoke to the students about his experience of transitioning from school to his job at TCA, and was able to explain the ways in which math applies to his work.

Jay also explained how math is applied in TCA's Test Lab, and focused on predicting outcomes. Using candy as an example, he walked the students through an exercise where they learned how to decide whether to keep their differing amounts of candy to themselves, or pool it all together to distribute evenly. They were able to answer the question by understanding the average pieces of candy per student.

The students gained knowledge of not only how the composites and aerospace industry has an impact on the world, but how math is applied through many different fields of work. TCA is happy to provide learning opportunities for students, and looks forward to future opportunities to engage young people and offer insight as they consider their career options.

Summer CSR Activities at TCA

August 29, 2014

As part of its ongoing CSR activities, TCA hosted a variety of charity events with its employees this summer to collect money and school supplies for local organizations.

The first event was a company-wide silent auction, in which members from each department collaborated to procure items and baskets that all employees were then able to bid on. Although this was the first auction held by TCA, the participation by all employees was outstanding. Proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the nearby Bethel School District, which TCA has had an ongoing charitable relationship with.

The second charity event, also benefiting Bethel School District, was an ongoing school supply drive. Provided with a list of supplies most needed by the schools, associates brought in bags of items that many students would otherwise not have access to for the upcoming school year.

The final event was a company-wide BBQ. Dennis Frett, TCA's Executive Vice President, along with other directors and senior managers, cooked and served food for all employees over the course of two beautiful summer days. Proceeds from the meal ticket sales will be donated to the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.

TCA values the opportunities to be involved and give back to the community, and is grateful for its associates' generous participation in this year's summer charity activities.

  Silent auction items are displayed in TCA's break room
 Dodie Raden of Bethel School District (second from right) accepts donations from Chikako Takeoka, Dennis Frett, and Kazumi Kawamura
 Associates enjoy food prepared and served by TCA managers

TCA Holds Employee Appreciation Day Events

July 2, 2014

On June 18th and 30th, TCA hosted Appreciation Day events at Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers. Associates and their friends and family got to enjoy each other's company, food and drinks, beautiful weather, and great baseball. Located on the stadium's private party deck, guests had exclusive access to their own space with unlimited food and beverages as well as activities for kids like a bounce house, face painter, and balloon artist. About 700 people attended the two games combined, and TCA associates even got to participate in the pre-game activities on the 30th; Sam Morgan (production technician) sang the National Anthem, and Barbara Conant (production technician) threw the first pitch. Both games also included a raffle prize drawing, and associates got to win great prizes. TCA values and appreciates its employees and their families who support them, so fun events like these are well deserved!




TCA Visits Camas Prairie Elementary School for Science Classes

June 20, 2014

As the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close, TCA had its fourth chance to visit a local elementary school to present its Experimental Science Class. This time it was at Camas Prairie Elementary, a school in the Bethel district. The TCA associates who taught the classes, Erica Buege, Kim Arnold, and Charles Queen, visited a total of three fifth grade classrooms on May 29 and 30.

The students who participated in the class learned about Toray Industries and its business segments, the science and importance of water filtration, and about how and why the manufacturers use carbon fiber Prepreg. Students even got to do a hands-on craft activity that mocks the process of making Prepreg.

TCA values these opportunities to share real-world uses of science and technology with young students, and looks forward to future opportunities to continue doing so.

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Partner in Education Award Given to TCA's Senior Production Manager

June 16, 2014

Jeff Hawkey, TCA's Senior Production Manager, recently received Franklin Pierce Schools' Partner in Education award. A volunteer on the Pierce County Skills Center (PCSC) Aerospace Manufacturing Advisory Board, Mr. Hawkey was involved with developing the Aerospace Manufacturing curriculum at PCSC. Now, he's working on developing a similar curriculum at two Franklin Pierce High Schools that will prepare students for further education, including the program at PCSC.

The mission of Franklin Pierce Schools is "to provide students an engaging educational environment, built upon proven academics and high standards, resulting in successful and contributing citizens." One of the ways they achieve this mission is through partnerships with the community, and each year, the district honors the efforts of community members who support this mission with the Partner in Education award.

Congratulations to Mr. Hawkey and the other members of the PCSC Aerospace Manufacturing Advisory Board for this recognition from Franklin Pierce Schools.

Jeff's Award

Clover Park Technical College Career Conference

May 8, 2014

About 3,600 local high school students visited Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA this week for its annual Career Conference, Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Fair, where TCA had a booth to welcome students and answer questions.

TCA associates Jay Berndt, Chris Sims, and Erik Olson were on hand to meet with students and share information about our company, show product samples, and answer questions. They spoke with students about breaking into the composites industry, and emphasized the importance of teamwork and communication when working at TCA. The group spoke to over 100 interested students, many of which were already familiar with Toray.

Clover Park Technical College has a composites program that has produced graduates who now work at TCA. This is the 14th year that the school has held this conference, and the first year that TCA participated in it. We look forward to more opportunities to participate and share information about our company with students.

Clover Park Fair 1 Clover Park Fair 2

TCA and Associates Raise Money for Oso Landslide

May 2, 2014

On March 22, 2014, a massive landslide swept through the town of Oso, WA, located about 100 miles north of TCA. The resulting loss of life and property was devastating to the community, and people from around the state and country reached out to help in rescue and recovery efforts.

TCA and its associates also stepped up to help in this process by raising money to donate to the Oso Fireman's Association. As the Oso community presses forward in their journey of recovery and healing, our thoughts will continue to be with everyone involved.

 Photo: Washington State Department of Transportation

TCA Associates Teach Science Classes to Local Elementary Students

April 7, 2014

In November 2013, TCA’s General Affairs team visited nearby Frederickson Elementary School to teach experimental science classes to 5th grade students. With the success and popularity of those visits, TCA was invited to another school in the district, Shining Mountain Elementary School, to teach the same classes this March.  In addition to the GA team, however, five TCA associates also volunteered to teach the actual classes.

Kim Arnold, Elena Belcher, Jennifer Lemmers, Kate Schiffel, and Rose Skinner each had a chance to teach a class or assist with the experiments. Over the course of three days, March 12, 13, and 19, the group presented to over 130 students in five classes; two of which were 4th and 5th grade combined advanced students, and the other three were all 5th grade students. The students were very eager to learn about Toray, water filtration, TCA, and carbon fiber/prepreg. TCA is proud to share knowledge of science and innovation with local young students, and looks forward to ongoing opportunities to continue teaching these classes.

 Rose  Jennifer
 Kim  Elena

TCA Educates Local Students in Science Fair 

February 28, 2014

On Feb. 20, TCA participated in Elk Plain School of Choice’s student science fair. While most displays belonged to students, TCAs presentation allowed participants to see how science can be applied in the workplace. TCA associates Kazumi Kawamura and Erica Buege got to explain and demonstrate Toray’s water filtration technology as well as TCA’s prepreg manufacturing process to over 200 students and their families. Students were eager to learn how these technologies are applied around the world, and we look forward to additional opportunities to share Toray’s science and technology with local students.

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TCA Makes Donation to Goodwill

January 6, 2014

On January 6, 2014, TCA began a new CSR activity that will become an ongoing benefit to the community. In a new partnership with the local Goodwill Industries branch, TCA now donates used pallets to the organization, which are used in its various operations in selling donated clothing and household items at its local retail stores.

TCA receives the wooden pallets in its inventory deliveries, and saves them in a Goodwill trailer until it fills up and is ready to be taken away.

Goodwill Industries International, Inc. works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

Goodwill Donation 1 Goodwill Donation 2

'Ikebana' Classes Held for TCA Associates

January 15, 2014

Toray Composites values the blending of cultures present throughout the company, and embraces the opportunity for our employees to become enriched with information about different cultures and traditions. On January 15th, TCA’s Noriko Cho taught two classes in a series about making ‘Ikebana,’ or Japanese floral arrangements. Ms. Cho is a master of Ikebana style.
This month’s class featured information about Japanese New Year’s traditions, and how people make Jiyuka (free style) arrangements for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The associates who attended Ms. Cho’s classes learned how Japanese people prepare for New Year’s Day, and what kind of activities are typical for the holiday – including giving gifts, eating traditional foods, and visiting temples and shrines.

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After learning about the elements of designing a Jiyuka arrangement, each class participant got to try making their own Ikebana. The arrangements turned out beautifully, and our associates look forward to the next opportunity to attend one of Ms. Cho’s classes to learn about Japanese culture and new styles of Ikebana.

  Ikebana Jan '14 #2