Business support of education is alive and well at the Huot Center. The regional career center located in Laconia recently received significant donations from Tractor Supply in Tilton and Eptam Plastics of Northfield.
Tractor Supply has donated material several times in the past with this year’s donation consisting of well over a $1000 in power equipment. The equipment, mostly hand tools, were part of a product-line switch over. A variety of brand new saws, drills, impact drivers and grinders will be put into immediate use across the center.
Eptam’s donation of tooling specific to CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines are capable of cutting various metals e.g. steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and many classifications of plastics. Because many of the tools are made from a solid-carbide material, they can cut materials at much greater speeds and can last much longer. In addition, some tools have a diamond particle coating for machining abrasive plastics; something Huot students have never been able to experience because of the tool cost which can range from $300 and up for each tool. Dozens of these tools were donated to the center’s Manufacturing and Engineering program.
The Huot Center is fortunate to receive many donations of both material, time and scholarship money each year from a variety of local businesses and individuals who support the school’s mission.