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Local students explore Raymond Corporation’s Manufacturing Day

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Virtual Reality Welding Simulator

GREENE (WBNG) — More than 250 students explored technology and possible careers Friday at the Raymond Corporation’s fifth annual Manufacturing Day event.

Students from 26 high schools across the Southern Tier toured the warehouse, spoke to employees, and tested out welding and forklift virtual reality simulators.

Tony Topencik, Senior Director of Operations, said the Raymond Corporation wants students to not only enjoy the day, but also start thinking about their future careers.

“The goal of today is to really give students the opportunity to see all of the advancements and technology in manufacturing,” Tony Topencik said.

The Raymond Corporation said they will need more high-skilled workers in the future.

Matthew LoPiccolo, a Raymond Corporation employee, was inspired to get into the field after going to the manufacturing day event as a high schooler in 2017.

“My dad was actually the person who took me on the tour of the whole factory and did all that, so I thought that was kind of cool,” LoPiccolo said.

The event not only benefits students, but also educators.

Kurt Gaska, a teacher at Binghamton High School, has been to every manufacturing day.

“I enjoy coming back every year to see how Raymond is developing as a corporation, as well as new students getting the opportunity to see this stuff,” Gaska said.

He said the day helps prepare students for life after high school.

“It’s good exposure to kind of get them thinking about the next step in their future,” Gaska said.

Melanie Gulbas

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