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Wadena Auto Value Donates Machine to WDC

Wadena, Minn. — May 7, 2013 — The Wadena Auto Value parts store recently donated a rotary broach machine to Wadena-Deer Creek middle/high school. “The machine resurfaces engine parts and will be a valuable addition to the school,” said Mike Shrode, WDC engineering and technology instructor.

Students in the technology and engineering classes, as well as in the robotics program, will use the rotary broach machine. The machine’s accuracy level is capable of tolerances within 0.0005 of an inch. “To buy this 12-year-old machine new would run between $15,000 to $18,000,” said Wayne Brasel, Wadena Auto Value parts store manager. The machine was donated to WDC after the Wadena parts store re-organized its floor space. In addition, Brasel wanted to donate a machine or tool the robotics program could use.

(From left: Tim Feddema, APH marketing manager; Mike Shrode, WDC engineering and technology instructor/robotics coach; Norm Gallant, WDC dean of students/activities director; Wayne Brasel, Auto Value store manager; and Ben McCormick, Auto Value regional manager)