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$100,000 crane donated by local firm

The expansion of the labs in the Welding and Technology department at Mitchell Technical Institute is nearly complete with the arrival of a 75-foot crane, donated by the Twin City Axial Division in Mitchell.

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Adam South, crew member of Olander Trucking in Sioux Falls, loosens the tie-down straps securing a 75-foot crane that was donated to the welding department at Mitchell Technical Institute by Twin City Fan and arrived Wednesday. (Sheila Slater / Republic )

The expansion of the labs in the Welding and Technology department at Mitchell Technical Institute is nearly complete with the arrival of a 75-foot crane, donated by the Twin City Axial Division in Mitchell.

The $100,000 piece of equipment was delivered last week and will be instrumental in allowing up to 60 students per semester to work on larger projects. After being fit and assembled, it will find its new home in the lab with a 25-foot ceilings located in the Nordby Campus Center on the MTI campus.

Regional manufacturing industries have long recognized the value of working with the leadership at MTI, where many of their future employees are being prepared for careers in the welding and technology professions.

When word went out to the advisory board at MTI that the department was in need of an overhead crane, the management of Twin City in Mitchell answered the call. Lyndon Johnson, plant manager at Twin City and former advisory board member at MTI, located a slightly used overhead crane at the Sioux Falls plant of his employer.

“We have worked with the welding school for a while and are always looking to add more employees at Twin City Fan,” Johnson said. “MTI plays a big part in recruiting future welders, robotic operators and manufacturers. So when I heard that they were moving some equipment out of our plant in Sioux Falls, I asked if we could donate that crane and transport it to MTI in Mitchell. MTI has come such a long way and they do a lot for manufacturing, so it was time to give back.”

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Travis Peterson, the department head and instructor at MTI, said he is grateful for the donation of the equipment that will help advance the welding program curriculum.

“With Twin City Fan donating the entire expense of the crane, other than the installation on site, we will have money left in our budget for other needed items. One welding station alone can cost up to $10,000,” Peterson said.

There are more than 2 million job openings in manufacturing across the United States, and Peterson is passionate about training his students to the best of his capabilities and filling those positions, he said.

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