posted Nov 28, 2006 in ACADEMICS
McPherson College recently received a donation of a CNC machining center from Fadal, a leading manufacturer of CNC equipment. The donation was made possible through the efforts of Jay Leno, long-time friend of the program and sponsor of an annual scholarship.
Leno purchased his own Fadal machining center, and after talking with the company, urged them to learn about McPherson College and possibly make a donation. The company decided to loan one of their machines, worth approximately $75,000, to the college for a three year period, at which time the machine will either be rebuilt, updated, or another delivered.
“The fact that Fadal placed one of their machines in our program is a direct result of the publicity that Jay Leno gives to McPherson College on a regular basis. If Mr. Leno would not have told Fadal employees about McPherson College when he purchased a machine from them, Fadal would have never known about us. Fadal and especially Jay Leno have our sincere gratitude for this great addition to the restoration program,” said Department Chair Garrick Green.
The machine will be used in the unique automotive restoration program to produce rare and complex pieces for antique and classic cars. “For example, gears, impellers and similar parts will all be able to be made from scratch with this machine. The possibilities are endless,” said Green.
“We are very excited to accept this gift from Fadal. As the Automotive Restoration Program continues to grow this will undoubtedly prove to be a very valuable piece of machinery for both the students and instructors. This gift greatly expands our capabilities of what the students can design and manufacture within our facilities,” says Jonathan Klinger, Director of Automotive Restoration Development.
Adds Fadal executive Jerry McCarty, “Fadal Machining Centers has CNC machines in over 200 Colleges and Universities throughout the United States, and we are pleased to have a machine at McPherson College. The spirit and ingenuity of the faculty and students in the Automotive Restoration Program distinguishes McPherson as one of the true centers of learning in the country. We are also pleased to supplement the excellent support that our customer, Jay Leno has given to the Automotive Restoration Program. Through the Jay Leno/Popular Mechanics Scholarship and the CNC Machine we have provided, McPherson students can learn the skills of Automotive Restoration using the latest tools. We are proud to support McPherson College and manufacturing in the United States.”
Before the machine is used, it will first be properly set up by Fadal technicians, tooling purchased and instructors trained on its use. Faculty hope to be using the machine by the Spring ’07 semester.