Hunting Subsea hosts competitive school supply drive for Stafford MSD
By Karen Daniels
To engage the business community is one of the seven goals listed on SMSD’s Strategic Vision Plan. Hunting Subsea Technologies, who has had a presence in Stafford since 1968, has stepped up to make this happen. Terry Loudenburg, Community Relations for the District, is used to reaching out to community business leaders for sponsorship for school fundraising events. “What was nice about this,” she said, “was that Hunting contacted me about this school supply drive.”
Human Resources Manager, Jennifer Waggoner, created the school supply drive as part of Hunting’s “Make an Impact” program. The 162 employees were divided into seven teams and given one month to create a unique container to hold the donated school supplies acquired by members of the team. Hunting Technologies designs, creates, and manufactures specialty valves, coupling products, and chemical injections used in the oil and gas industry. The sophistication and thoughtfulness that went into each of the completed containers showed exactly why the employees are so good at what they do. Made from various products like wood, cardboard, chalkboards, hinges, and wheels, these containers were painted and colored to make replicas of a school house, a school bus, a giant pencil, a giant crayon box, and three separate cabinets that the teachers will be vying for. The difficult homework assignment for SMSD staff was to choose a winner.
During the tour of the 106K sq.ft.. facility, Cherise Roberts, Career Bridge Counselor for SMSD, and Adrienne Lee, District Librarian, saw potential for students to learn the skills needed to someday work for a company like Hunting. Jake Rutt, a fresh-out-of-technical school twenty year-old, shared how he was able to get a job that allowed him to run the hyperbaric chamber that tests their manufactured parts at the sub-sea level of 15K feet. “I went to aviation technical school. It’s the same analytical process.” He switched fields because he finds the oil and gas industry to be more stable than aeronautics. Company President, Dane Tipton, gave a digital presentation on their role in offshore technology, adding that he has a “Great team of people. The whole place is passionate.”
After a much debate and scoring, first place of the Hunting School Supply Receptacle Contest went to the team who built one of the large cabinets: Congratulations to HSE, Manufacturing Engineering, Process Management, and Purchasing for an A+ job!
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