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T. Marzetti Donates Fanuc Robot to Warren County Area Technology Center

South Central Kentucky’s manufacturing community will benefit from hiring students trained to work with Fanuc robots.

Published Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:00 am

Bowling Green, KY., March 2, 2021 – South Central Kentucky manufacturing facility T. Marzetti of Horse Cave is donating a Fanuc robot to Warren County Area Technology Center (ATC) to expand students’ knowledge of how to work with robots in a manufacturing and industrial capacity.

Robotics is being integrated into modern manufacturing facilities and knowing how to utilize them is an essential skill for graduates going into the workforce. T. Marzetti has taken a generous step of investing in tomorrow’s workforce by providing the ATC with this cutting-edge Fanuc robot.

“One of our core values is continuous improvement. This core value extends to our role in the community, and we feel privileged to be able to help students in the region develop the skills they need for the modern workplace,” said Shannon Johnson, Plant Manager, T. Marzetti.

Founded in 1896, T. Marzetti manufactures delicious salad dressings and dips that are sold throughout the United States. The company employs over 400 people locally, making a significant positive impact in their community.

“This latest investment in the ATC demonstrates T. Marzetti’s commitment to education. In addition to being a strong regional employer, the company has found ways to expand their impact. We are proud to have
T. Marzetti as one of our regional manufacturers and look forward to their continued success,” said Ron Bunch, President and CEO, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Warren County ATC plans to use the donated robot to enhance educational offerings and create additional opportunities for students. Juniors and seniors from the City of Bowling Green Public Schools, Warren County Public Schools, and Edmonson County High School are eligible to take courses at Warren County ATC, where teachers deliver numerous work-ready programs including industrial maintenance, machine tool, welding, automotive, carpentry and more.

“Our goal at the ATC is to spark interest and grow the knowledge of all students pursuing specialized trade careers. Hands-on experience correlates with their ability to succeed in the workforce after graduation. Having this Fanuc robot for students to develop their skills benefits not only the students but also our business and manufacturing community. We greatly appreciate this donation from T. Marzetti and know that this investment in our youth is invaluable to their development,” said Chris Riggs, Principal, Warren County Area Technology Center.

“Bowling Green’s advanced manufacturing sector is growing rapidly. These are in-demand jobs, and now our local students will be more prepared to thrive in these careers. We are appreciative of T. Marzetti’s donation and look forward to the growth of our local students,” said Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott.

The programs at the ATC teach the skills that South Central Kentucky manufacturers need employees to master. Including a Fanuc robot in the curriculum will further enhance the skills of those completing the program and will garner interest from additional students.

“With 17% of Warren County’s workforce in the manufacturing sector, we are always looking for ways to increase the skills of our students and position them for long-term success. Fanuc’s industrial robots can be found in manufacturing companies throughout South Central Kentucky. T. Marzetti’s generous donation is contributing to the growth of our students and their ability to find good jobs after graduation,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon.

To learn more about the Warren County Area Technology Center and how they are equipping students and helping grow our workforce, visit their website at www.warrencountyschools.org.

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About T. Marzetti Company
T. Marzetti brings delicious food to the table, superior service to customers, and value to their consumers through product innovation and differentiation. T. Marzetti Company, a leading specialty foods company, celebrates its strong brands, outstanding products, and innovative culture. These products include many of America's favorites, like Marzetti® salad dressings and dips, New York Bakery® frozen breads, and Sister Schubert's® homemade rolls. To learn more please visit https://www.tmarzetticompany.com/our-company/overview

About Warren County Area Technical Center
Warren County ATC provides vocational education to high school students at Warren County Public Schools, Bowling Green Independent School District, and Edmonson County School System. Their mission is to make sure that each student that walks through the doors can show competency and discipline in their field of study and that all students will be career-ready at graduation.

About South Central Kentucky Economic Development
South Central Kentucky Economic Development is an entity of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, a nationally ranked 5-Star Accredited Chamber. Located at the center of a 34-state distribution area in the eastern United States, South Central Kentucky is a prime location for manufacturing and distribution facilities. South Central Kentucky is within a day’s drive of 60% of the nation's population, personal income, and manufacturing business establishments. Bowling Green ranks second in the United States for best manufacturing city. In the past decade, the region has captured over two billion in capital investment, creating thousands of jobs within the region. To learn more please visit https://www.southcentralky.com/