woodworkingnetwork.com | November 2018 | 24 |
Madison Area Technical College
announces lab upgrades
Madison Area Technical College has
announced a number of new updates
to their lab. In June MATC replaced
their case clamp with a new lamellar
style clamp from Gannomat. The new
clamp provides faster repositioning
and is more in line with current
In July, MATC marked the arrival of a
new Homag widebelt sander from Stiles
Machinery. This machine features a
segmented platen and will allow them to
teach veneer and seal sanding. MATC’s
longest running and most popular
seminar will be centered around this
machine this coming spring.
Also, MATC has completed the
long-awaited installation of ceiling fans
in August. These fans will help move
air and keep the lab more comfortable.
See a short video tour of the lab here:
-- Karl D. Forth
The company grew, and by 2007, it branched into the
commercial market. Three years ago, Charlie Phillips, an
assistant professor in AMMT, began inviting the company to
attend Wood Tech Company Day in the College of Technology.
But Foster was busy facing another challenge. In August
2016, massive torrential rains and a devastating flood hit
the area and left Gator Millworks with 30 inches of standing
water. Everything was destroyed. Employees formed crews,
some to clean the company’s buildings, and others to help
fellow employees recover, and within nine days, the shop was
once again producing cabinetry. The company then set about
rebuilding offices, a new showroom, and office space.
Last spring, four representatives from the company, including
Foster, finally made it to campus for a career day event.
“They put a lot of effort into getting here, and I think they
were excited to see what we do,” Phillips said.
That visit resulted in three students, seniors Kort
McDonough and Payton Miller, and junior Kelson Claasen,
landing internships with Gator Millworks over the summer.
“We were incredibly impressed with the skills they
showcased during their time at Gator,” Foster said. “Through
hands-on learning, PSU is providing real-world experience on
the tools, software, and equipment we use each and every day.”
Phillips said in coming months he’ll be focused on
recruiting more students to the program — something Foster
is happy about.
“By investing in this program, we’re investing not only in
the school and its students, but in the future of our industry
as a whole,” Foster said.
In recognition of his efforts on behalf of the industry,
the community, and at Gator Millworks, Foster was recently
named an honoree in the Wood Industry 40 Under 40 Class
of 2018. The 40 Under 40 celebrates the next generation of
industry professionals who are making an impact on wood
products manufacturing in North America.
For more on Pittsburg State’s program, visit http://www.
-- Karl D. Forth
MATC replaced their case clamp with a
new lamellar style clamp from Gannomat.
A new Homag widebelt sander from Stiles
Machinery joined operation at MATC in