Hoffman Estates, IL- December 9, 2010 – Elektron Inc. has generously donated two Elektron PC 30 Plasma Cutters to the Collision Repair Education Foundation (formerly the I-CAR Education Foundation). One plasma cutter will be given to Bridgerland Applied Technology College (Logan, Utah), the winner of the 2010 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant, and the other will be given to Tennessee Technology Center (Crump, TN), who also applied for the 2010 Makeover grant. The plasma cutters are valued at $4,500 each.
“Being in the collision industry since the age of 14, and a product of technical education, I feel it’s important that students start with the correct tools, and are educated in real world training experience so they are ready to enter the workforce with good working talents and proper work habits,” said Tim Morgan, Celette Inc. and Elektron Inc. General Manager. “Now 34 years later I am in a position to give back to education.”
Scott Kruger, Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director stated, “Tim Morgan and everyone at Elektron was in attendance at SEMA when the Foundation announced the 2011 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover winner. It was exciting to bring the winning school’s instructor, Kevin Cornia, immediately over to the Elektron booth and hand him a new plasma cutter for his school. It was a special moment where everyone got to see first hand what Elektron’s and the industry’s support and investment in collision education means to these instructors and students. The Foundation is also thankful to Elektron for stepping up and donating an additional plasma cutter to one of the other Makeover applicant schools that requested the item as part of their $50,000 grant wish list.”
The Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant and other collision student and school support opportunities provided by the Collision Repair Education Foundation are made possible through industry donations. Through the industry’s support, the 2009 winning Makeover school received $80,000 in products and supplies. The non-winning Makeover schools received $170,000 in donations to help fulfill their wish lists. If you are interested in getting involved with the Foundation and joining its efforts to support the future of the collision industry, please contact Foundation Associate Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244.