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Big Kaiser Presents Fifth Annual Donation to National Robotics League

Big Kaiser and its customers raised $6,275 in two months to contribute to hands-on STEM learning experiences for NLR students.
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Since Big Kaiser’s (Hoffman Estates, Illinois) October announcement, the company’s customers have helped to raise $6,275 to benefit the National Robotics League (NRL). This is Big Kaiser’s fifth annual contribution to the program.  

The company’s donation was 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.  

“We’re not just fighting a skills gap in our workforce, we have an ‘interest gap’ too. The NRL helps create excitement about manufacturing technology and STEM careers,” says Roger Atkins, president at NTMA. “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.”

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

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