CWC Textron has donated $125,000 to the Foundation for Muskegon Community College for the college’s foundry program, announced MCC President Dale K. Nesbary.
The Foundry Lab in the MCC Downtown Center, which will be undergoing renovations over the next year, will be named in honor of CWC Textron.
“CWC sees that by investing in the Foundry Program at MCC it will support more students entering the foundry industry here in West Michigan,” said Erik Jepsen, director of operations at CWC Textron.
“We see the possibility for our skilled trades’ employees to grow their knowledge both within their trade and outside their trade, as well as MCC’s ability to develop a customized curriculum for CWC employees to both further their knowledge and careers.”
“This landmark gift by CWC Textron will support Muskegon’s role as a national leader in materials science,” said Nesbary. “Our economy will grow, our students will benefit, and CWC Textron will cement its reputation as state-of-the-art thinkers in the foundry industry.”
The CWC Textron Foundry Lab will encompass 2,400 square feet on the Downtown Center lower level.
“The new lab will represent current and advanced material testing equipment and processes,” explained Tom Martin, who chairs the MCC Applied Technology Department, which will relocate to the Downtown Center from the main campus. “This is vital to our students who are learning materials and material testing. It adds the element of computers and digital simulation, where as our current equipment only is mechanical and over 30 years old. It is the same equipment I used in 1975.”
“Generous donors, including CWC Textron, have now contributed $600,000 to support our Downtown Center,” added Amy Swope, the FMCC director. “Their gifts will help us create a cutting-edge facility for MCC students and faculty.”
Founded in 1905, CWC Textron employees more than 300 workers, primarily producing ductile iron camshafts for the auto industry, at its foundry on Sherman Avenue. The company supplies all North American vehicles made by Toyota, while also working with Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. CWC Textron services the aftermarket portion of the camshaft market and makes bearing caps and balance shafts for John Deere.