Haas Automation, Inc., and Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) Sirco Machinery Company, Ltd., were platinum-level sponsors of the event this year. Haas provided five machining centers for the competition, and featured milling operation demonstrations at a display during the event. The Gene Haas Foundation donated $50,000 (USD) in scholarship funding to Skills Ontario, to be distributed to the winners of this year’s competition.
HFO Sirco Machinery President Dan Ferko presented the check to Ontario Skills executives during a dignitaries breakfast on May 5. Attendees included Ontario Skills personnel, government officials, local colleges, and HFO Sirco Machinery customers. While addressing the crowd, Ferko discussed the importance of manufacturing in Canada and the shortage of skilled workers in the area. Ferko expressed hope that with the assistance of scholarship funding and donations, the manufacturing workforce will see growth.