Link Lima Success Story: 50 Strong Shows Temple Christian Students What Totally Made in America Means
Organized by the Link Lima Site Visit Program, 14 Temple Christian high schoolers got a behind-the-scenes look at a Lima manufacturing company that really means it when they say “Made in America”.
To Ashley and Brendan Thompson, owners of 50 Strong, “Made in America” is more than just a bumper sticker or slogan. Their firm makes water bottles as one of the five divisions of plastic products made at Precision Thermoplastic Components (PTC). The custom water bottles come in a wide variety of styles and colors, and all have a special no-leak lid that is one of the hallmarks of 50 Strong – named for the 50 states and the strength of the USA. And their commitment to US manufacturing is inspiring to say the least. It certainly inspired Wal-Mart, who is now one of their primary distributors.
What the students who got an inside tour of 50 Strong got to experience was a growing Lima company, owned by Lima residents who are absolutely committed to promoting American manufacturing. Ashley and Brendan could probably buy cheaper components from China or elsewhere around the work. But not so for 50 Strong. Every part is made in America. And every water bottle contains a card declaring 50 Strong’s support of manufacturing in the US. The owners wanted to do even more, so they started 50 Strong Foundation, awarding five scholarships each year to students attending Apollo Career Center to help further their education in their choice of skilled trade. It’s the kind of real American values and inspiring entrepreneurship that our students need to see as much of as possible.
The students from Temple Christian School who got the chance to meet Ashley and Brendan Thompson and the team at 50 Strong were Chance Dyer, Lizzie Helser, Isaac Lee, Terry Norris, Derek Pitts, John Powell, Seth Sarchet, Carol Smith, Grace Smith, Timothy Stoddard, Isaiah Taylor, Lincoln Water, Malachi White, and Cameron Worsham. Temple Christian staff in attendance were teachers Dianna Cooper, Darla Stoodt, and Jodi Callahan.