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Pro Mach’s Brenton provides manufacturing equipment to new high school

The Community Manufacturer’s Partnership Capital Campaign will take another step forward this week with $75,000 committed to the campaign by Brenton, powered by Pro Mach. This new donation from Brenton provides the partnership with the financial support needed to enhance the school district’s curriculum with the purchase of specific manufacturing equipment to strengthen the career pathway for students.

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Momentum continues to build for the capital campaign project.

“The immediate goal remains $300,000, and I believe we can reach that number and more,” said Al Sholts, COO Alexandria Industries. “We sincerely thank Brenton Engineering for their generous gift that will go toward growing our own workforce.”

The Community Manufacturer’s Partnership campaign is being led by Al Sholts of Alexandria Industries, Duane Taillefer of Massman Automation Designs, LLC and Jason Murray of the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission. The goal is to raise the funds necessary to purchase equipment for Alexandria Area High School and have it in place prior to the building’s opening in September 2014.

This equipment for the manufacturing lab will facilitate a partnership of career exploration between District 206 and local manufacturers. It will enable the school district to provide hands-on learning in a specially designed lab at the Alexandria Area High School, teaching students applicable skills to ensure their success beyond high school. This equipment will also help to close the growing skills gap for manufacturing, engineering and mechanical careers.

Brenton Engineering General Manager Ryan Kirksey added, “Brenton is excited to be part of this project and for the opportunity to make a donation that will make a big difference for students. The equipment will provide an innovative learning experience to help prepare them for a successful future.”