Sandvik Coromant Donates $50,000 to Support Education Programs

Sandvik Coromant donated $50,000 to help enable hundreds of students to take advantage of STEM education opportunities including a series of special summer camps as part of their “Dream It. Do It.” program.

At IMTS, Sandvik Coromant, a global supplier of tools, tooling solutions and know-how to the metalworking industry, lit up the Chicago skyline with insightful images designed to spread the word about the profound impact data and technology has on the manufacturing industry and people’s daily lives. The display also included inspirational images depicting the future of digital manufacturing created by Samuel and Erika Flickinger, a brother and sister from Decatur, IL.  The two students, who participated in STEM education “Dream It. Do It.” summer camps created by The Manufacturing Institute, literally helped ‘flip the switch’ on the light show and also each received a $1,000 check toward their future education.

“Our goal with this light show was to raise awareness about the amazing opportunities that the use of data is driving in the manufacturing industry and honor two very creative students,” said Sean Holt, President Sandvik Coromant Americas. “We are proud to help raise awareness about the present and future opportunities of digital manufacturing, including the skilled and high paying career options for future generations.”

As part of the campaign, Sandvik Coromant donated $50,000 to The Manufacturing Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit-organization, which will help enable hundreds of students to take advantage of STEM education opportunities including a series of special summer camps as part of their “Dream It. Do It” program. Committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers, the Institute remains the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent.

“It has been such a rewarding experience to be involved in an event that places as much value on the future of the manufacturing industry as we do,” said Jennifer McNelly, executive director of The Manufacturing Institute. “This donation will make a big impact for individuals enrolled in our STEM-education initiatives and give them the tools to have successful futures in the field.”

Students participating in The Institute’s ‘Dream It. Do It.’ summer camps in Connecticut and Illinois were invited to submit original artwork depicting their vision of the future of manufacturing. The winners, Samuel (16 years old/12th grade) and Erika (12 years old/7th grade) Flickinger, were selected from dozens of entries based upon their artistic vision and incorporation of ‘manufacturing of the future’ ideas and messages.  The winning images were projected onto the walls of the Digital Manufacturing And Design Innovation Institute, a unique public private partnership located in Chicago that is transforming American manufacturing to be the most competitive in the world through adoption of digital manufacturing technologies. Learn more at  and

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