Coffee County Central receives over $100,000 worth of shop equipment

Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

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From left, Central High School students Cheyenne Doty, Jenny Haley, and Bohdi Tate inspect one of the horizontal band saws donated Monday to the school by tooling manufacturer Walter Meier of LaVergne. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

Coffee County Central High School took delivery Monday of over $100,000 worth of machine shop equipment donated by Walter Meier, locally based in La Vergne, Tenn.

“We feel that this is the beginning of a good relationship between industry and education,” said Central High School Director of Career Technical Education, Richard Skipper.

“It’s all about getting the equipment necessary to make sure that we are putting out a product in our student that is prepared for post secondary, whether that’s going to work, trade school, college or whatever that is. The newer equipment we get, the closer it is to what the student will be using when they enter the world to work.”

He said that the school is excited about continuing to work with industry in the future. He estimated the value of the machines at between $130,000-140,000.

Included in the donation were three varieties of horizontal band saws and two lathes.

Manufacturing instructor Jeff Hinshaw said that the donation not only updates the schools equipment, but will also make instruction more productive.

“We go from three lathes to five, and will have a saw that we can cut material to use on our lathes.”

Hinshaw said that the school had borrowed a horizontal band saw for class.

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