Group tours Hendrick Racing in Charlotte | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 7, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 4, 2016 at 2:14 pm
On April 29, the Colleton County Machine Tool Class visited the Rick Hendrick Racing facility in Charlotte, N.C.
The students were treated to a view of the advanced machining of automotive parts manufactured for racing: pistons, valve covers, air wrenches and engine heads, as well as assembling and testing of race engines. Rick Hendrick is the leader in manufacturing of race engines for all the Charlotte race teams.
The trip was sponsored by Jeffries Manufacturing and hosted by Hill Overton, a semi-retired former sales representative. The tour is not typically open to the public. Jeffries Manufacturing manufactures and installs machine tool machines and equipment to industries around the world and is an exclusive sales distributor for HAAS CNC machines.
Eddie Jackson, the president of Palmetto Training, is charge of the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Program, located in the Colleton Career Skills Training Center.
Jackson believes that the trip was well worth the effort and all the attendees were inspired. Jackson said, “It’s a shame that more students don’t take advantage of the programs at the skills center.” Boeing, Volvo, BMW, Mercedes, Meter Bearing, Comact, Metal Trades, Whitman Mold, Gulf Stream and Daniel Defense are some of the manufacturers that need CNC operators, programmers and set-up employees.