During the annual meeting of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA; Cleveland), Chris Kaiser, president and CEO of Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Big Kaiser, presented a donation for $6,675 to benefit the NTMA’s National Robotics League (NRL). This was an increase of more than 27 percent over the prior year.
The donation was the result of a year-end promotion by metal-cutting tooling systems and solutions manufacturer Big Kaiser, giving back to the association a percentage of every order by an NTMA or AMT member company. Manufacturers placed orders for cutting tools, tool holders, workholding and tool measurement systems, earning funds for the NRL at the same time.
“We all know it is critical for us to engage the next generation in manufacturing at the company, community and national levels,” Kaiser explained. “This year-end promotion is one way for Big Kaiser to show support for the NTMA and to promote workforce development and STEM programs.”
“The NRL is all about the community collaborating together to engage manufacturing’s next generation,” said Bill Padnos, NTMA workforce development manager. “We truly appreciate Big Kaiser’s generous contribution and [its] continued leadership in supporting initiatives to close the manufacturing skills gap. We are also grateful to all of the NTMA members who participated in this program.”
The NRL is a manufacturing workforce development program of the NTMA where students design and build remote-controlled robots to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Through the manufacturing process of Bot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations.
Through this hands-on effort along with industry partnerships, students gain practical knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)—all essential skills for manufacturing.