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Big Kaiser Donates to National Robotics League

Big Kaiser has donated $6,275 to the National Robotics League, raising the money through a 2% match from NTMA member purchases in 2020's last two months. This is the OEM’s fifth annual contribution.
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A photo of students at a National Robotics League competition

Customers of Big Kaiser helped raise $6,275 to benefit the National Robotics League (NRL) in 2020. This donation marks Big Kaiser’s fifth annual contribution to the program.

Big Kaiser’s donation is a 2% match of all qualified orders from National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) member companies during the final two months of the 2020 calendar year. Manufacturers placed orders for cutting tools, tool holders, workholding and tool measurement systems, earning funds for the NRL at the same time.

The NRL is a manufacturing workforce development program of the NTMA that organizes student teams to design and build remote-controlled robots to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Through the process of building these robots, students gain practical knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) — all essential skills for manufacturing careers.

“We’re not just fighting a skills gap in our workforce, we have an ‘interest gap’ too,” says Roger Atkins, president at NTMA. “The NRL helps create excitement about manufacturing technology and STEM careers. We appreciate Big Kaiser’s continued support year over year, and of course all of the NTMA members who participate in the program to support the NRL.”

“I’m really happy we could make this contribution to NRL despite the really difficult year,” says Chris Kaiser, Big Kaiser executive advisor. “We need to be there for these kids and stay engaged in all types of programs to promote manufacturing careers.”