High Schools Launch Manufacturing Businesses

(UNDATED) – Two student-run manufacturing businesses have launched in southern Indiana. The companies, Eagle Manufacturing at Brown County High School in Nashville and Lion Manufacturing at Loogootee High School in Martin County, are designed to give students hands-on, real-world experience.


Inside Indiana Business reports the businesses were funded with grants from Bloomington-based nonprofit Regional Opportunity Initiatives Inc. ROI CEO Tina Peterson and Director of Education and Workforce Todd Hurst said the effort would not be possible without support from local partners, including area businesses.
Loughmiller Machine Tool and Design, which is owned and operated by a pair of Loogootee High School graduates, was instrumental in the launch of Lion Manufacturing. The company currently employs 13 students from the school’s engineering, manufacturing, art, and business departments, and expects to expand.
Their first order allowed students to create and develop parts used to bracket radar on US Naval ships.
Eagle Manufacturing in Nashville began this school year with 23 students working in engineering, design, and CNC manufacturing. Students are learning to run world-class machinery in a collaborative modern place of business.
The grant funding came from ROI’s Ready Schools initiative. Peterson says ROI has worked with 12 school districts on projects that will best serve their areas and what comes from those efforts will be different. She says six of those districts are still in the development stages.
Information Inside Indiana Business, http://www.insideindianabusiness.com

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