The words "Made In America" carry a lot of significance. As a small company who designs and builds products in our Helena, MT facility, we get to see first hand the kind of impact manufacturing jobs in America can have. We see a special sense of ownership in our employees whenever their work leaves our warehouse. That pride and sense of accomplishment is something that motivates and influences our decisions as a business.
Our latest product and partnership is taking our love for American manufacturing in a new and exciting direction. We've partnered with South Puget Sound Community College and their Machining Technologies program to manufacture our new Slip Mount for the Big Water Case and other NRS ClampIT™ style accessories. This partnership enables us to produce small batch, US made parts and products locally while simultaneously providing students with real world manufacturing experience.
What is SPSCC's Machining Technologies Program?
SPSCC's Machining Technologies program introduces students to technical trades through an immersive, hands on curriculum that covers topics such as machining, CNC programming, welding, materials, production planning, and mechanical repair trades. Their brand new facility houses dozens of machines and offers students the chance to use industry leading software to prepare them for a multitude of different technology based careers.
What is the Slip Mount?
The Slip Mount is a CNC Machined aluminum bracket that allows you to mount your Big Water Case to any flat surface or the standard waterbottle cage mounts on most bicycles. It comes with mounting hardware designed to fit both bikes and boats.
Our partnership is the first of many as we hope to continue bringing new products to market with the help of the talented people at SPSCC. As a small company built on innovation, programs like SPSCC's Machining Technologies are a tremendous win-win for our local business community. We hope to see SPSCC and their technology programs continue to grow and thrive and to support them with new and exciting projects.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the team at SPSCC for the chance to take part in such a great program. Thanks to SPSCC president Timothy Stokes for introducing us to the program, the dean of applied technology Jason Selwitz for coordinating our involvement, and professor of advanced manufacturing Chad Bacon for incorporating our product into his curriculum.