Students in Mr. Ruppel’s and Mr. Putnam’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Courses were introduced to the rich manufacturing history of the Menomonee Valley on October 16th.
The students began the tour at Joy Global – P & H located at the western edge of the Menomonee Valley. Originally founded in 1884 by Alonzo Pawling and Henry Harnischfeger, P & H began on Florida Street in our neighbor of Walker’s Point.
Today the company creates a wide range of equipment including the original overhead crane and hoist line, mining excavators, drills and draglines as well as construction cranes. Bradley Tech students spoke with the Engineers who design and draft these machines while they toured the facilities. The tour included supped up versions of technologies that the students use at Bradley Tech, such as CNC Machining, Welding, and Casting. Students were impressed by the high level of rigor demanded of the employees and products, along with the cutting edge technology in use at the factory.
After visiting Joy Global – P &H, the students took a quick tour of the Menonomee Valley and arrived at Rexnord – Faulk.
Rexnord – Faulk , now a global leader, was first incorporated in Wisconsin by inventor C.W. LeValley, along with F.W. Sivyer and W.A. Draves in 1892. Located in the heart of the Menonomee Valley, they design, manufacture, and market non-electrical precision industrial power transmission products for medium and heavy-duty industrial applications. Students were able to tour the factory and see the entire process of manufacturing – from the foundry to refinement. Students were impressed with Rexnord-Faulk’s willingness to take Apprentices and commitment to continuing education. They also marveled at the size and scope of the products created by Rexnord-Faulk.