WIX® Filters Hosts National FFA Organization for Allen Plant Tour

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

National and State Officers See Heavy-Duty Manufacturing in Action

Last week, WIX® Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, hosted National FFA Organization officers for a deeper dive into one of the company’s manufacturing facilities. National FFA Vice President Sara Draper and North Carolina FFA Vice President Kortney Smith were lead by Wayne Gipson, quality manager and Jennifer Gibson, brand manager on a tour of WIX’s Allen Plant.

“WIX’s roots are in heavy-duty filtration and a large part of that is the agriculture industry,” said Gibson. “I grew up in the National FFA Organization; it’s a huge source of pride for me. So, when I’m presented with an opportunity to reconnect with these amazing students, I jump at the chance. It was an honor to host these young ladies, and we wish them the best.”

Draper and Smith toured WIX’s Allen Plant where most of the production and manufacturing focuses on heavy-duty offerings. The students got to see first-hand how a combination of WIX team members and automation create more than one million filters each week at the Allen Plant.

“Honestly, I was surprised to see just how many people are involved in creating these filters,” said Draper. “The whole process seems really interesting,” added Smith. “But it was refreshing to so see so many people working hard on the lines to put together such quality products.”

Draper is currently serving as western region vice president for the National FFA Organization. She is studying agricultural education and business management at Utah State University. Smith is vice president for North Carolina FFA and is majoring in animal science at North Carolina State University.

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About WIX Filters:

About WIX Filters: Since 1939, WIX® Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks, off-road equipment and manufacturing applications. For more information, visit www.wixfilters.com, or any of our social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

Wray Ward