Last week, Romeo RIM, a leader in custom reaction injection molding and composite solutions, announced it is actively engaging in the community with the Ford NGL (Next Generation Learning) initiative, a unique and comprehensive program building a strong 21st century workforce. Workforce development is a critical area of focus for the composites industry, as many manufacturers struggle to attract, develop and retain top tier talent.

Romeo RIM is expanding its efforts after hosting Romeo High School students for the Macomb County Manufacturing Day at the company’s 173,000-square ft. innovation campus exposing them to state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing technology, experienced professionals and best practices.

“Our role is to mentor some of these kids. We hope to have students better prepared to enter college or directly into the work environment including the manufacturing world,” Business Unit Manager Bill Buchanan said.

According to Buchanan, communication skills are as essential as technical skills when it comes to getting young adults ready to work. The Ford NGL high school transformation model exposes students to real-world work environments, showcasing needs for such skills.

Among other efforts working directly with students in areas such as offering internships, Romeo RIM will be playing an active role on the initiative’s steering committee. Goals and responsibilities of the committee include cultivating engagement and buy-in within the community; monitoring rogress of developing and implementing a master plan; championing sustainability; and assessing new opportunities to engage the community.

For more information about the Ford NGL initiative, visit