Industry supplier HSM Solutions provided a “behind-the-scenes” look into its Corporate Innovation & Technology Center on June 18 to approximately 50 teachers and administrators from four school systems in the Hickory, N.C., area, as part of the Catawba County Community College EXTREME STEM Teacher Tour.
According to a press release, the tour is designed for teachers to learn about careers in local industries and see how curriculum relates to various positions in advanced manufacturing companies. The Teacher Tour is an extension of the original EXTREME STEM Tour, where local eighth graders get a behind-the-scenes look at career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The teachers’ visit to HSM included a showroom tour and overviews of HSM’s Innovation Management process, products and business units, as well as its lab, testing and prototyping capabilities.
“HSM is committed to supporting education in the local community and increasing student/teacher awareness of the STEM career paths in our region, as well as the specific skills and training required to enter those fields,” noted Gregg Greulich, HSM corporate vice president of innovation and technology. “As the manufacturer’s manufacturer, we are proud to help build our future together.”
During the tour of HSM’s Corporate Innovation & Technology Center, teachers received an overview of the product development process and the work the center does with each of the company’s four business units (furniture, bedding, transportation, diversified), relating to product design, development and testing. Throughout the visit, HSM representatives focused on the importance of using science, technology, engineering and math in each of the real-world applications demonstrated. One teacher, who teaches creative drawing and CAD courses at the high school level, said the tour helped give teachers a perspective on real-world applications they can take back into the classroom to share with students.
“By opening their doors to local educators and students, businesses like HSM are playing key roles in developing the next generation of professionals in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Tracy Hall, director – Education Matters in Catawba Valley, and coordinator of the EXTREME STEM Tour. “Through their support, businesses help students experience how classroom learning can be applied to real world careers they may not have been aware of. The tours also help students understand the importance of taking higher levels of math and science course work to prepare for the next levels of training needed for these types of positions.”
HSM Solutions has named two directors at its Corporate Innovation and Technology Center (CI&T) in Hickory. According to a press release, Scott Beatty is the new CI&T director of design services and Jim Cardinale has been hired as CI&T director furniture solutions.
In his new position, Beatty oversees all product design and development for HSM’s four business units, including responsibility for new product testing, prototyping and validation. He also manages resources to ensure adherence to HSM’s new product development process.
As director of CI&T/innovation for furniture products, Cardinale manages engineering research and development activities for new and existing products in the furniture business unit. This includes product design, development, testing prototype/validation and manufacturability.
“Earlier this year, when we announced the company’s migration from a components supplier to a supplier of integrated solutions with a market-focused strategy, we also explained we were going to place greater emphasis on research and development by increasing our engineering staff and leveraging our new Corporate Innovation and Technology Center,” said Dwayne Welch, HSM executive vice president chief marketing and innovation officer. “The addition of Scott and Jim supports the build-out of the center and enhances our research and development capabilities at HSM.”
Beatty comes to his new position with more than 28 years of engineering and leadership experience, most recently employed as director of program management with Jarden Consumer Solutions, Boca Raton, Fla. Cardinale, an 18-year veteran, was employed as a product development director with Smith Brothers of Berne, Inc., Berne, Ind., before joining HSM.