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Perdue truck donation helps Center of Applied Technology in Maryland groom young mechanics

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Perdue Farms donated a truck to the Center of Applied Technology North in Severn, Md. to help aspiring mechanics sharpen their skills.
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Anne Arundel County Public Schools Board of Education member Terry Gilleland, left, and Center of Applied Technology North Principal Dan Schaffhauser, second from right, present a plaque of appreciation to Jim Herman, Perdue fleet maintenance operations manager, for the donation a truck to the school. Looking on is Karen Fedor, agricultural marketing specialist, Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, May 26, 2016) - The dozen or so auto mechanics students who gathered outside the Center of Applied Technology North in Severn, Md., knew the school was set to receive a truck donation from Perdue Farms. That did nothing to quell their excitement, though, as a tow truck brought the 2011 International ProStar sleeper cab into the lot.

Like children at Christmas, the students strained to get a look at the truck, valued at about $24,000, as it approached. They immediately noticed it had a cab for sleeping, and joked about who would take advantage of that feature first. More importantly, however, they could not wait to open the hood and see what kind of learning opportunities awaited inside.

“Wow. It looks really nice,” said Jacob Pannuty, a Level II student at CAT-North. “A lot of the tractors we have… we have an ’09 and two ’97s. We’re up to date with this.” 

“What it means is our students have access to the newest technology,” said CAT-North Diesel Power Technology instructor Jay Kepich.  “It’s a huge benefit to have everything here in one piece. Our students will have access to the brakes, steering, suspension, electrical and the whole vehicle so they can do preventive maintenance inspections.” 

The importance of motor vehicles to Perdue’s business operation and a desire to help groom better mechanics is what drove the company to make the donation, said Jim Herman, Fleet Maintenance Operations Manager for Perdue. 

“I like to tell people that chickens will ride on a truck at least four times from the hatching egg to a customer,” Herman said. “It’s a critical piece of our business and when I look at the technicians that need to be developed going down the line, this is an opportunity for Perdue to help encourage them, to give them some equipment to work with, and, hopefully, down the road, maybe one or two will actually come to work and help us keep our fleet moving.”

Business partnerships are critical to the success at CAT-North because through them students can gather real-world experience that can’t be replicated in a textbook,” Principal Dan Schaffhauser said.

“They are the lifeblood of this school,” he said. “They make it happen for kids. It’s just very, very important for our kids to get these kinds of experiences and then to see what the industry has to offer.”

About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®, PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.


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