Five years ago, the citizens of Evansville, IN passed an initiative to build a new vocational-technical center in that town, and bring all the various classes throughout the area under one roof. The result was the 245,000-ft2 Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center (SICTC). Not only did voters give the school the money for the building, they also gave it a half-million dollars to buy equipment, an important factor in training young people in today’s manufacturing skills.
James Stock is the plastics molding instructor at the SICTC, and his equipment includes an all-electric 110-ton press and a hydraulic 225-tonner with a robotic arm, both from Milacron. Also purchased from Milacron is a 2.5-inch extruder. The school chose Milacron because the company is relatively close to the school—Milacron is located near Cincinnati, OH—and the company made a commitment to the school to help them out with maintenance, set-up, and needed repairs, said Stock....