Students learn about manufacturing at Morris Group, Inc.

WINDSOR, CONN. (February 18, 2016)  Students from Avon Old Farms School recently attended a half-day of instruction, tour and lunch at Morris Group, Inc. of Windsor. One of North America’s largest suppliers of precision machinery and related technology, Morris Group is headed by President Bradley R. Morris, a 1984 alumnus of Avon Old Farms.  

“Showing young people the wide range of career opportunities in manufacturing, specifically precision machining, is always fun,” says Morris. “People expect manufacturing jobs to be in dirty, outdated facilities. The reality is, manufacturing is very high tech and requires competent people at all levels of the supply chain. Sales, engineering and machinery operation are jobs that need skilled workers and provide good pay.”

Morris Group Inc. hosts students from Avon Old Farms SchoolStudents were welcomed by Morris in the company’s classroom style training room and presented with an overview of U.S. manufacturing by Michael R. Tierney, Director of Sales Development. Past president of The Robert E. Morris Company, Tierney has worked at Morris Group, Inc. and its affiliates for more than twenty years.  Tierney cited the key industries of commercial aerospace, defense, transportation, medical, energy and agriculture as leading drivers of manufacturing.

“The commercial aerospace industry alone currently has enough orders on backlog to stretch twenty years into the future,” states Tierney. “I tell the new hires I train that manufacturing offers a lifelong career.”

At the conclusion of the classroom presentation, students toured the organization’s technical center where they saw several different precision machine tools and interacted with application engineers whose jobs entail working with area manufacturers to program the machines for production of parts ranging from jet engine components and medical devices to screwdriver bits.

Later, the students returned to the classroom setting where they worked in small groups to replicate a LEGO structure and produce dozens of copies in less than one hour. Facilitated by instructors from CONNSTEP, a Rocky Hill, Connecticut based business consulting firm that serves as an educational and training resource for area manufacturers, the exercise provided a glimpse of the challenges encountered in manufacturing.Morris Group Inc_Avon Old Farms_CONNSTEP

“The students appeared genuinely interested in the hands-on programming work they saw performed on the machinery and surprised by the collaborative environment and overall youth of Morris Group’s engineers,” Tierney said.  

“The students enjoyed the trip,” said James Detora, Provost, Avon Old Farms School. “It got them thinking about career opportunities in manufacturing. They had fun working in small groups and could see how teamwork is important on the job as well as how different actions impact production costs and profits.”

About Morris Group, Inc.

Morris Group, Inc. companies supply CNC machine tools, tooling and accessories, and related engineering and support services to manufacturers of precision machined parts in all industry sectors. Collectively, its business units form one of the largest machine tool distribution networks in North America.