Author Archives: Stephanie Scaccianoce

MFG Day
Throughout the month of October, NFPA members opened their doors to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of careers in the industry. Each experience was unique. Companies found it beneficial to establish relationships with educational institutions, and some took it a step further and connected with the local chamber of commerce and elected...

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Participant in apprenticeships program
Preparing students for real-life work while they're still in school can be tough, but apprenticeship programs have proven effective in helping to fill this gap. One such program is the Youth Apprenticeships program through Milwaukee Public Schools, which offers statewide school-to-work opportunities. In a recent information session for industry representatives, a panel of speakers shared...

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MSOE Fluid Power Action Challenge 2017-18
Our very first Fluid Power Action Challenge launched with just four teams in 2008. Tom Wanke, CFPE and Director of Fluid Power Industrial Consortium and Industry Relations at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has been a strong supporter and partner of this program since the very beginning when he came to help facilitate the Workshop...

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The NFPA Robotics Challenge is a scholarship program that brings awareness of fluid power options in robotics to high school students and encourages increased use of fluid power products. This year's Robotics Challenge Scholarship will also be available to high school seniors participating in the National Robotics League (NRL). In support of the missions of FIRST® Robotics...

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MFG Day
Manufacturing Day 2017 is finally here! Every fall, manufacturers across America open their doors to show their communities what manufacturing really looks like. Many NFPA member companies are involved in this year's MFG Day celebration, which is on October 6, and a number of them are going beyond one-day events. For example, Aggressive Hydraulics is holding its...

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St. Augustine Prep Ribbon Cutting
Gus Ramirez, chairman of HUSCO International, recently cut the ribbon for St. Augustine Preparatory Academy, a K4-12 school he founded on Milwaukee's south side. The $50 million facility just launched its first school year on August 16th and is serving over 600 students. According to BizTimes, the school interviewed in excess of 1,500 teachers to...

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MFG Day
Looking for additional ways to engage with students? If a facility tour doesn't work for your schedule, consider creating a video for this year's Manufacturing Day℠ (MFG Day)! Even though MFG Day is October 6th, this option allows for continued and broader promotion by creating a shareable experience. To date, over 30 videos have been...

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Fluid Power Action Challenge at Wojanis
In spring, Wojanis Supply Company sponsored a Fluid Power Action Challenge in Pennsylvania, which hosted 33 teams and 132 students. The event caught the attention of The Sprout Fund, a nonprofit organization supporting innovative ideas and grassroots community projects that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh. The Sprout Fund featured the Fluid Power Action Challenge in their Make to...

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Daman MFG Day
Last year, in collaboration with the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce, Daman Products opened their doors for Manufacturing Day 2016. They are expecting a repeat performance this year, hosting an anticipated 90 students through three facility tours. Students were given a handout that outlined the traits they look for in employees, job opportunities, and an...

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In July, Oilgear-Ferris Foundation representatives presented the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a check to start an endowment fund. According to a press release, the $935,000 gift will support mechanical engineering student projects, programs, organizations, and scholarships. The endowed fund will allow MSOE to continue to fund the mechanical engineering department, which has doubled in...

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