Redefining the Classroom

Great Lake State Weekend 2012

Donald & Catherine Finlayson Award

Precision Edge Surgical Products

LSSU's neighbor, Precision Edge Surgical Products, is a wonderful example of what it means to be a university and community advocate and is being recognized for the example that it sets for others with the Dr. Donald and Catherine Finlayson Distinguished Citizen Award.

This award is presented to an individual or group who has enjoyed success in their profession and community, and who is a strong advocate of the university, its programs, faculty, staff and students.

Precision Edge is a world-renowned contract manufacturer of fine surgical components, cutting tools, burs, blades, drills, instruments and other surgical cutting accessories used in orthopedic surgery and procedures. It had its beginnings in 1989 as a small shop in Barbeau, expanded to a 37,000 sq. ft. facility in Sault Ste. Marie, and has now opened a second plant in Boyne City. The company has provided employment for about 200 people at Sault Ste. Marie and more are being hired at the Boyne plant.

Headed by John Truckey '80, president, the company has been a very generous donor to LSSU, providing thousands of dollars worth of equipment to the engineering program, and many thousands more through a real estate donation. It sponsors teams during LSSU golf fundraisers and, most important, the company hires many LSSU interns and graduates.

Through its donations, each year the company provides four scholarships of $2,500 each to LSSU for local high school seniors. In addition, through the sale of the real estate that Precision Edge donated to LSSU, an endowment was created for two annual engineering scholarships of $2,000 each. The company is also supporting the South Hall renovation project and will have a seminar room in the new building named in its honor.

"Precision Edge has always had a strong commitment to our customers, employees, suppliers and the community in which we live and operate," said Truckey."LSSU is an integral part of our community and our business.We consider ourselves to be partners with LSSU for development of our people as well as helping our communities prosper and grow. We believe that manufacturing is vital to the growth and success of our area. For us to be successful, Precision Edge depends on LSSU to provide talented graduates to fill our needs in a remote area where recruiting necessary talent is not an easy task."

Truckey told LSSU alumnus Neil Moran '84 for a story he wrote in the September 2011 issue of Upper Peninsula Second Wave that due to the nature of the work, much of the training has to be done in-house, although many students who come to Precision Edge from the Sault Area High School Career Center, as well as LSSU, are well-versed in the manufacturing process.

"We’ve drawn some darn good kids out of that (Sault High) program," said Truckey, who said that a good worker needs to possess good work habits as well as the acumen to be a machinist. The Sault's Michigan Works! office assists with providing qualified workers, too.

Precision Edge hires general laborers, experienced computer-numerically-controlled machine operators, manufacturing engineers, quality engineers and validation engineers, among other positions. Everyone is responsible for producing an excellent quality product for a very discerning client.

"LSSU provides opportunities for many of our local students and employees to further their education," Truckey said."We are very fortunate to have such a fine university in our community and have many Lake State graduates and current students on our team. We feel fortunate to be able to support students and the university through scholarships, event sponsorships and donations."

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