Just as a commercial machine shop can’t run without the right equipment and supplies, neither can a machine shop at a vocational-technical school.
That’s why we donated a fastener stocking area to Putnam Vocational Technical High School’s Machine Technology department in Springfield, MA. The donation includes a 72-bin cabinet containing 55 varieties of fasteners valued at over $1,050.
Since Putnam’s machine shop goes through fasteners quickly, and the money and time spent acquiring them add up, Atlantic’s president Tony Peterson has pledged to keep the bins stocked at no charge.
Training new machinists
“We wanted to pitch in when we learned Putnam’s machine tech department was struggling with equipment shortages,” said Peterson. “We toured the facility, witnessed the enthusiasm of the students, and were driven to help, especially when we learned that they sometimes waited weeks for requisitioned fasteners.”
“Students must have access to the industry’s latest technology and tools to remain competitive in the global job market. We’re committed to helping prepare future machinists for their careers,” he said.
York Mayo, CEO of The Roger L. Putnam Technical Fund Inc., a foundation committed to enhancing the academic, technical, and employment skills of Putnam’s students, echoes Tony’s sentiments.
“Putnam Vocational is a tremendous resource for the local business community. Seasoned industry employees eventually retire. Who will fill those specialized positions? Both those companies and students benefit from working together to create a well-trained workforce. We’re glad businesses such as Atlantic Fasteners understand and support that relationship.”
To further support the school and the Putnam Technical Fund, Atlantic Fasteners is considering opportunities to teach students about the fastener distribution business, different grades of fasteners and the torque ratings and other characteristics for each grade.
If you’re a business leader committed to helping our local technical school prepare well-trained graduates to join the workforce, consider supporting The Putnam Technical Fund. To sign up for a guided tour, or to learn about mentoring, curriculum development and donation opportunities, contact York Mayo at firstname.lastname@example.org.