Molded Fiber Glass Donates Generous Gift of Robot to College


WPCC Receives Robot From Molded Fiber Glass 051614 fnMorganton, NC – Western Piedmont Foundation (WPF) recently received the donation of an industrial robot from Molded Fiber Glass of Morganton. The robot will be part of the education and training offered at Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) in its curriculum programs including Electrical Engineering, Industrial Systems Technology and Computer-Integrating Machining Technology. In addition, the industrial robot will be a valuable learning tool for the College’s Continuing Education programs as well.

“We are very grateful to Molded Fiber Glass for this generous donation that will be integral to many of our advanced manufacturing programs,” said Michael Daniels, WPCC Science, Engineering and Mathematics Dean. “The addition of the robot to our division will allow us to expand current learning opportunities as we continually strive to forge partnerships with and support the employee needs of local industry.”

Shown with the industrial robot are (l-r) Jorge Trevino, Molded Fiber Glass Automation/Controls Engineer; Brandon Hensley, WPCC machining technology instructor; Atticus Simpson, WPF executive director, and Charles Rutherford, Facilities Manager, Molded Fiber Glass NC.

Molded Fiber Glass Companies is a leader in the field of reinforced plastics and composites, serving diverse markets with a variety of composite material systems. The company has 10 operating entities in the United States and Mexico, strategically focused to supply high value, high quality products and manufacturing services for applications such as wind energy, automotive, heavy truck, defense, construction, and water treatment. The company is headquartered in Ashtabula, OH and is privately owned. More information on the company is available at

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Western Piedmont Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded to encourage and develop public and private support for WPCC beyond that provided by county, state, and federal funds. Created in 1967, it was among the first fund-raising organizations within the North Carolina Community College System.

Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964.  Each year, more than 10,700 students pursue personal enrichment, new skills for a job or career, high school diplomas, college degrees, and transfer pathways. Registration for Summer semester classes will be held on Tuesday, May 27 and Wednesday, May 28.  Apply online or visit the Western Piedmont campus to apply in person.