Consumers Energy Donates More Than $10,000 In Equipment, Technology To Ferris
BIG RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 8, 2013
BIG RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy is
strengthening its ties to Ferris State University (FSU) with the donation of
more than $10,000 worth of machinery and technology to its heavy equipment
University and Consumers Energy officials gathered today in Big Rapids to see
how the donated equipment is benefiting FSU, home to one of the country's top
heavy equipment programs.
The donation includes a small diesel-powered trenching machine and 10 laptop
computers which were no longer being used by the company. The trencher will
provide practical hands-on experience and the computers will assist in
diagnosing engines and vehicles in the program's lab.
"The diesel trencher's smaller size is a great addition to our training
equipment and the computers greatly improve our engine and equipment
diagnostic lab resources," said Dan Wanink, an associate professor and
coordinator of Ferris State's heavy equipment program. "We appreciate this
generous donation by Consumers Energy and how it enhances our ongoing business
Consumers Energy's ties to FSU's heavy equipment program date back to the mid
1950s. Herb Parsons, father of recent Consumers Energy fleet services retiree
Duey Parsons, played an important role in getting the program started when he
arrived at Ferris State in 1953.
Ferris is the only institution in Michigan offering a Fleet Management
Certificate as well as a four-year Heavy Equipment Services Engineering
Technology degree. This is of particular value to Consumers Energy, which has
one of Michigan's largest vehicle fleets. Consumers Energy employs more than
180 Ferris State University alumni and regularly seeks students and graduates
of this program when filling internships and full-time positions. Ten percent
of the company's fleet services department are FSU graduates.
The donation is the result of a February 2013 visit to campus by Consumers
Energy fleet services leadership, said Jeffrey Shingler, director of fleet
services for the company.
"We came away with a very good impression of the program and began discussing
internally how we can assist the university," Shingler said. In addition to
donating the used equipment, Consumers Energy now has a representative on the
FSU Heavy Equipment Advisory Board.
"This donation and our strong ties to Ferris State's heavy equipment program
helps Consumers Energy deliver on its Promise to Michigan to care for the
Michigan communities we serve," Shingler said.
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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