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New Apprentice Program Takes Hold At Old School Glass Company


As one of the state’s last true glass factories, Blenko Glass Production Manager David Wertz was concerned about the century-old Milton institution surviving within a declining national industry.

Partnering with the U.S Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program and the West Virginia Department of Economic Development, the state’s first registered Glass Worker Apprenticeship began in earnest on Wednesday. Blenko Glass now has a thriving apprenticeship commitment, with young people learning a historic trade.

“We wouldn't have a future without it, we would simply be snuffed out of the industry,” Wertz said. “It means that we have more options and more availability to help our junior class workers learn and get more opportunities by bringing in outside training. It means that we're going to be able to last another 100 years.”

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