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March 13, 2019
Chicago Pneumatic donated tools for the ATC's Collision Repair Center, so students could put them to use rebuilding cars at the school. Teacher Mark Dellinger says the CP8345 4 1/2" Cordless Angle Grinder and CP8849 ½” Cordless Impact Wrench have held up well under hard-core classroom use by teenagers. The grinder made a big "impact" on him, in particular.
"I've used tools for years now, and that tool impressed me," said Dellinger. He especially liked the amount of power shown by the battery-operated tools, which he says are not like the batteries of yesteryear. "I was surprised by the power it had!" he remarked.
Dellinger points out that the new lithium-ion batteries are similar to those used in computers, so they hold their charge a long time and recharge quickly -- both valuable qualities in a classroom setting, where the same tools are used again and again during the day. Chicago Pneumatic also sends its experts to speak to ATC classes, and has provided gloves and T-shirts to the hard-working students.
“ We like to support our local schools. They are the mechanics and technicians of tomorrow, and we want to help them perfect their skills with the best tools possible. ”
Macon understands that quality tools often fall into a price range that schools and non-profit organizations who need them can’t afford. He also knows Chicago Pneumatic tools are an excellent investment because of their power and durability. He says Chicago Pneumatic wants young students to understand the quality difference, which is why the company donates tools to various schools around Rock Hill, South Carolina, where the U.S. headquarters are located, as well as a select few schools and non-profits whose stories have moved company leaders.
“We want them to understand what a good, quality tool feels like, and help them in their mission at the same time,” says Macon.
Dellinger and another ATC teacher, Gil Valk, set up a non-profit called Carolina STEAM Punks, to support the hands-on work performed in their programs at ATC in Rock Hill. The STEAM Punks organization assists the students in building fully-functioning cars from spare parts, and entering their work in car shows and exhibitions. Dellinger says Chicago Pneumatic has donated tools as prizes for those shows too.
"Chicago Pneumatic is good to us," sums up Dellinger. "They make good tools, too!”