10/29/21 – Cooper Standard in Fairview welcomed 33 junior and senior students from Fairview Schools on a talent tour of their facility on October 29, 2021. The morning started with donuts and apple cider and a brief presentation on what the company manufacturers, and safety requirements during the tour by Lance Oldenburg, Plant Manager. The students were split into three groups of 11 for their tour and they were able to see production in action, and talk to some of the staff operating the machines and equipment.
Cooper Standard is a big supporter of Manufacturing Month and the company hosts talent tours to recognize the importance of introducing students to the manufacturing industry and the many jobs available from entry level to high level positions. The staff put on a very impressive tour showcasing several machines that bend tubing, and had examples of parts they produce, and where those are located in a vehicle. Tour guides allowed for questions and answers during the entire tour which opened the door for students to engage with the staff.
Tyler is explaining a part the company produces. He started at Cooper Standard as an entry level operator and has moved up through several positions. Tyler is currently part of the engineering team. He emphasized to the students there are growth and opportunities at Cooper Standard, and that the company has a tuition reimbursement program.
Founded in 1960, Cooper Standard Automotive is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers that specializes in the manufacture and marketing of systems and components for the automotive industry. The Fairview plant employs 185 employees in their 92,000 square foot facility. (pic 1) Plant Manager, Lance Oldenburg, kicks off the tour with an introduction of Cooper Standard, safety requirements, and donuts. (pic 2) Todd Easterday, Cooper Standard’s Health, Safety, & Environmental Specialist leads a group of students on the tour