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Tool company is helping future makers of America

The New Castle Career Center Welding program received $3,500 in new DeWalt tools from Stanley Black & Decker.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Tomorrow’s skilled welders got a boost in November from a well-know tool maker.

Stanley Black & Decker donated $3,500 in new DeWalt tools to the New Castle Career Center Welding program last month.

The New Castle Career Center provides skills training for eight high schools in and around Henry County, so the donation is reaching further than just New Castle.

Chris Beasley from DeWalt first learned about the local welding program when he met NCCC instructors at a trade show. Beasley said his company is always on the look out for grassroots movements like the NCCC Welding program that will help move skilled trades forward.

“I felt that was a good program to be a part of,” Beasley said. “We want to provide the tools needed ... for the makers of America.”

Stanley Black & Decker regularly supports union halls, training centers and apprenticeship programs, Beasley said.

Beasley arranged for his company to donate new grinders, brushless grinders, levels and safety equipment to the New Castle-area students. Beasley said the $3,500 also includes smaller items that the welding students might need that the school budgets just can’t cover.

The DeWalt grinders are also manufactured at the plant in Greenfield.

Stanley Black & Decker Public Affairs Director Abby Dreher said the donation is part of the parent company’s broader social responsibility program to empower 10 million makers by 2030. This goal also aligns with the United Nations sustainable development goals, Dreher said.

Beasley said DeWalt’s involvement with the New Castle Career Center is bigger than just a one-time donation.

“This isn’t a ‘one and done’ thing,” Beasley said. “We look at it as a partnership building on the future.”

He plans to stay in touch with Welding instructor Steven Vitatoe and will make visits to the career center to see how the donations are helping the welders.

“It’s a huge deal for us,” Vitatoe said.

NCCC Open House

New Castle Career Center staff and students will host an open house from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. The open house will take place at the main NCCC campus, 801 Parkview Dr., and at the Danielson Center, 300 Trojan Lane. For more information, contact the New Castle Career Center at 765-593-6680.