On a sunny Thursday in April, 14 students from nearby West Springfield High School visited Atlantic Fasteners to learn about the role of an industrial wholesale distributor and how it fits into the manufacturing supply chain.
The students, freshman through juniors, got to pick orders, bar code scan shipments, and operate inspection equipment.
They are enrolled in the school’s Pathways to Prosperity program. It exposes them to manufacturing and related industries and provides a curriculum that lets them earn an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Springfield Technical Community College.
According to Atlantic Fasteners General Manager, Tony Peterson, Atlantic has supported Pathways for several years through monetary donations, as do many of Atlantic’s local customers. “The Springfield Massachusetts area was a manufacturing hot bed 100 years ago and we’re proud to support its resurgence, now,” said Peterson.
Along with Peterson, veteran Atlantic employees Dana Lees in the aerospace division, along with Norm Fortini and Jackie Kostanski in the industrial fastener division, gave tours, provided demonstrations and answered questions. According to Fortini, they were impressed by the students’ interest and curiosity.
Advisor Margaret Butera from West Springfield High School organized the tour. She later emailed to explain “how extremely pleased we were with the field trip. The students thoroughly enjoyed it.” Accompanying Butera was Eric Hanson, director of West Springfield High School’s Pathways to Prosperity program.
A second visit to Atlantic Fasteners by additional West Springfield High Pathways to Prosperity students is scheduled for early June.