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Koike Aronson helps students learn about skilled trades STEM fair

Fri, Apr 27th 2018 04:05 pm


April 20, 2018

Koike Aronson helps students learn about skilled trades STEM fair

It was an eye opening experience for more than 1,000 middle school and high school students in Western New York and North Western Pennsylvania, as Koike Aronson exhibited at the Dream It Do It Western New York's manufacturing and STEM fair on Friday, April 20th in Portville, NY.

"For many years, school kids have been told that the only way to get a decent paying job or to work in an interesting industry is to go to college and earn a degree," said Angela Wiseman, Executive Assistant and Ambassador for Koike Aronson. "Some people prefer to build things and work with their hands and we're here to tell them that there are good jobs for them in manufacturing."

In many industries around the United States, companies are finding it difficult to find skilled laborers to do mission critical work in welding, plumbing, electrical and other trades. As a manufacturer of welding and cutting machinery, as well as positioners and other equipment for fabrication, Koike Aronson relies on its talented workforce to assemble machines at its Arcade, NY headquarters.

"After years of decline, manufacturing is finally on the upswing," Wiseman added. "It was great to see how savvy and well informed the students were, as well as the enthusiasm they have for working in industry. They are just the type of people we'd like on our team."

Toward the end of the 20th century, some economists predicted that the US would transition to a primarily service oriented economy, as a great deal of manufacturing had moved to China, Mexico and other emerging economies. Recently, however, foreign companies have been investing more in US production and domestic manufacturers have shown a renewed interest in expanding here.

"In years past, many companies took the stance that price was the primary factor in staying competitive, so they outsourced overseas," said Jim McAuliffe, President and CEO of Koike Aronson. "That works in some areas, but there is also a great deal expertise and institutional knowledge here in the US, plus a lot of talented young people interested in the skilled trades. We're proud to build machines here in the US."

Koike Aronson, Inc., headquartered in Arcade, NY, designs and manufactures one of the world's broadest lines of welding positioners and thermal cutting products, as well as portable and gas apparatus equipment. Since 1918, Koike has been serving customers around the world with innovative, reliable fabrication machinery. Aronson Machine company, founded in 1946, was purchased by Koike in 1985, and the combined force of these industry pioneers produces some of the best cutting, welding and positioning products in the industry.

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