Gene Haas Foundation Donates $50,000 to Ontario Skills
The Ontario Technological Skills Competition was held Monday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 5, in Waterloo, Ontario. The competition saw more than 20,000 attendees over the course of two days. Haas Automation, Inc., and Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) Sirco Machinery Company, Ltd., were platinum-level sponsors of the event this year. Haas provided five machining centers for the competition, and featured milling operation demonstrations at a display during the event. The Gene Haas Foundation donated $50,000 (USD) in scholarship funding to Skills Ontario, to be distributed to the winners of this year’s competition.
HFO Sirco Machinery President Dan Ferko presented the check to Ontario Skills executives during a dignitaries breakfast on May 5. Attendees included Ontario Skills personnel, government officials, local colleges, and HFO Sirco Machinery customers. While addressing the crowd, Ferko discussed the importance of manufacturing in Canada and the shortage of skilled workers in the area. Ferko expressed hope that with the assistance of scholarship funding and donations, the manufacturing workforce will see growth.
About the Gene Haas Foundation:
The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, at the discretion of its founder, Mr. Gene Haas. High on the list of priorities of the Gene Haas Foundation is supporting manufacturing education, which encompasses many types of programs that inspire and educate young people about careers in manufacturing. In addition, the Gene Haas Foundation provides scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach machining-based skills.