3Fredericktown Community Development Foundation “Action without vision passes the time.Vision without action is dreaming.Vision with action changes the world!”Joel Barker“The Power of Vision”
4Fredericktown Community Development Foundation “The Town that understands the factorsthat influence its chances of success,and knows the value of having avision for economic development,will prosper.”Jack Shultz, authorBOOM TOWN USA
5Fredericktown Community Development Foundation Bill Burgett, founder, started with a backhoe and a vision!Today the Kokosing group employs approximately 2500.
6Fredericktown Community Development Foundation F.T. Precision continues to expandtheir operation. The company hasbeen recognized by Honda as anexemplary supplier.It was a joint vision that broughtthe company to Fredericktown inthe early 90’s. The Japanese firmhad a vision for what it’s companycould produce, but theFredericktown Community hada vision for attracting thecompany to locate here.
7Fredericktown Community Development Foundation Don Rogers, founder of UMD Automated Systems, had a vision to produce conveying systems.40 employees produceproducts that are shippedthroughout the U.S.
8Fredericktown Community Development Foundation Terry Divelbiss, founder, started an electronic design & manufacturing company with a vision!Today employs 40 people in thefield of industrial electroniccontrols.
9manufactures axles and transmissions. Mary Lynn McIlhargey, former Dana Fredericktown plant manager, had a vision after experiencing a devastating company fire in 1998.The new Dana is state of the art and employs 150.Locally the companymanufactures axles andtransmissions.
10Joe Chattin, founder of Country Manufacturing, had a vision and saw a niche in the marketfor equipment for small horse farmers andranchers.Today, the company employs 35.
11Fredericktown Community Development Foundation Wesley Crum, founder of Benchmarkcabinets, had a vision for buildingkitchen cabinets for the “high end”consumer market.Today, 75 employees producecabinets made from commonand exotic woods. Thesecabinets are shipped throughoutthe United States.
12Fredericktown Community Development Foundation Mike Burch, founder, had a vision for providingcommunities with a safe and economical meansof disposing of biosolids.Fredericktown village has one of the firstmunicipal sewage plants utilizing aBurch Hydro designed microwavedrying system.Burch Hydro employs about 35.
13Fredericktown Community Development Foundation Other Fredericktown businesses andindustries with a for the future include:visionFoote Foundry - employs 35Edwards Sheetmetal - employs 10Meade Construction - employs 42
14Fredericktown Community Development Foundation What do all of these Industries have in common?All of these industries employ peoplethat have ENGINEERING backgrounds!Brain Drain or Brain Trust?Fredericktown Senior High School
15Fredericktown Community Development Foundation Community and Industry leaders began askingtheir local public schools…How can we attract a workforce?How do we keep our young people “at home”and become a part of the local workforce?How can you help develop a “niche” for oursmall community?
16Community and Industry leaders began asking their local public schools…Are you willing to do something different?We need to be prepared--be able to “strike whilethe iron is hot”!
17Our local industry…relies on people with critical thinking and problem solving skills.relies heavily on people with engineering based skills.
18It became our District’s charge to begin researching ways to fill these needs fromwithin our own school and community!
19Fredericktown Senior High We visited schools such as Miller City in Putnam County to schools such as Akron Garfield in Summit County.As a result we chose to add a four year pre-engineering program to our high school curriculum called…Project Lead the Way.
21Fredericktown Senior High School Project Lead the Way is a four year high school pre-engineering program offered at Fredericktown High School.When combined with traditional math and science courses in high school, the program introduces students to the rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering college.
22Fredericktown Senior High School (First-year)55 students (14%) enrolled in Intro. to Engineering