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STIHL Hosts Manufacturing Technology Summer Workshop

Tours, Lectures, Demonstrations, and Competitive Projects Make up Workshop
Release Date: 8/31/2010

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.-STIHL Inc., a leading manufacturer of chainsaws and outdoor power equipment, recently hosted a three-day Manufacturing Technology Summer Workshop. The STIHL Inc. campus in Virginia Beach, Va., hosted all of the workshop’s day-to-day activities in machining, molding, assembly, and apprentice lab.
The objectives of this workshop were to develop a future project for the upcoming camps and to give the Virginia Manufacturer’s Association a tool to use throughout the entire state of Virginia. The workshop taught high school students, teachers, and counselors significant information about manufacturing in general. The core departments focused on were accessories, assembly, engineering, machining, and polymers.
“This three day workshop is an excellent opportunity for teachers and students to get competitive hands-on experience in the manufacturing business,” said Simon Nance, training and development manager for STIHL Inc. “Hopefully, this mini-camp will influence more students to consider careers in the manufacturing industry.”
Approximately 25 people registered to participate in the workshop’s tours, lectures, demonstrations, and competitive assignments. The participants were divided into groups for various projects. At the close of the workshop, all of the participants voted for one project that best exemplified modern manufacturing technologies. Next summer, STIHL will hold a camp for high-school students to introduce them to advanced technologies in manufacturing.  It will have the same structure as this year’s workshop, but will focus on the students instead of teachers and counselors.
Sponsors for the event were Virginia Manufacturer’s Association (VCAT), American Society for Metals (ASM) International, FESTO, Hampton Roads Quality Management Council, and Old Dominion University’s Business Gateway.
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About STIHL Inc.:
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America for homeowners and professional landscapers*, as well as the number one selling brand of chainsaws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast— not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit the dealer locator on the STIHL Web site at
*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2009 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
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