Lorain County JVS students in the Agricultural Equipment Mechanics program will be trained on a piece of high-tech agriculture equipment, thanks to the partnership of the Wellington Implement Company.
Tom Stannard, president and general manager of Wellington Implement, delivered a 2023 Case IH Puma 200 tractor to Lorain County JVS Agricultural Equipment Mechanic students.
According to Stannard, the tractor, valued at $337,734, is equipped with the latest technology features such as GPS auto steering, hydraulic suspension, and variable-ratio steering.
“Obviously the school can’t afford to go out and buy brand new equipment every year, so with the partnership with Case IH, they allow us to place equipment like this in programs like this one so the students can get familiar with some of the newer equipment,” shared Stannard.
Along with the donation itself, Wellington Implement sends employees to Lorain County JVS a few times throughout the school year to work one-on-one with the students and help familiarize them with the piece of equipment.
“This partnership is important to my business and this career field because it gives the students access to the most modern farm equipment and exposes them to the technology that they will encounter on the job. The better the students are prepared when entering the workforce, the more successful they are, and ultimately their future employers will be.”
Mason Bremke, Lorain County JVS Agricultural Equipment Mechanics instructor, looks forward to this donation each year. “It is so important that our students learn about the equipment that is currently out there in the real world, and this piece of equipment shows them the exact types of things that are coming into the shops to be worked on. I am incredibly thankful to Wellington Implement for this donation and their continued partnership.”