Students tour Denyo to learn real-world applications in carpentry, electricity
Published 7:19 am Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Denham-Blythe Company partnered with Denyo Manufacturing Corporation to host Mercer County and Burgin high school students on a tour of the Denyo Manufacturing facility in Danville on Nov. 14. The visit provided the local students with real world applications of their studies in carpentry and electricity.
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Milton Hammons, Denham-Blythe superintendent for the Denyo office expansion project, provided the group with the opportunity to review the construction site. Still in its early stages, the project offered insight to the initial development of the office expansion with the concrete foundation in place. A follow up visit to the job site will highlight different trades’ work as the project progresses.
Students were also able to tour the manufacturing plant led by Joey Harris, Denyo plant manager. Denyo manufactures diesel powered electric generators used by government agencies including the U.S. Military, FEMA and NASA. These generators are produced from start to finish at the Danville Denyo plant.
“Although our initial contact was with Milton Hammons and interest in the construction phase of Denyo, we are very pleased to introduce students to all types of industry,” said Eddie Durr, carpentry instructor at Hugh Jones Harrodsburg Area Technology Center. “Students were excited to see the process in which the products were made and impressed with the cleanliness of the facility.”
Instructors Durr and Joseph Fister accompanied the students during the tour. Vocational school instructors often play a role in the placement of students after they complete the programs. These field trips impact students’ decisions on the career path they choose after school. “As an educator, I found the Denyo tour to be very informative and educational,” Durr said. “Our overall impression is that the staff and employees enjoy their jobs.” Durr emphasized that his goal as an instructor is to train these kids to be quality employees, no matter which field they choose.