• Damien Lane

CHS welding dept. expands, adds new equipment

Welding at Cairo High School is growing more and more every semester, and the welding room itself is also growing. The welding room will be expanded by taking the wall down that separates the welding department and Home Construction.

Welding will be getting 20 more welders, and students will have more room to work in the new expanded space.

Welding also recently bought a new hydraulic press, as well as a new forklift for the room. The price of the hydraulic press, which is used to bend metal, was $18,000.

The forklift was purchased from Rhinehart Equipment Company in Rome, Ga., for $7,900. The money used for the purchase was money earned by the Welding Classes by performing live work projects for people in the community.

The pick-up and delivery of the forklift was done by Royce's Towing and Recovery here in Cairo, and the value of the delivery was donated to the school by Larry Plank, owner of Royce's Towing and Recovery.

According to Mark Starr, welding teacher at CHS, "Having the forklift will make it safer for the room so (students) don’t have to pick up sheets of metal and cookers by hand."

The welding students are ready for the growth of the room and new equipment to be added to the welding department.