K-State to Honor Salina Manufacturing Company as 2022 Company of the Year

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) – Kansas State University will honor a Salina manufacturing company as the 2022 Business of the Year.

Kansas State University said its Carl R. Ice College of Engineering would honor Great Plains Manufacturing Inc. as the 2022 Company of the Year. It said the annual award is based on an entity’s commitment to engineering education, as well as high standards and quality performance in the engineering profession.

K-State noted that Great Plains was established in 1976 and has been an industry leader in the manufacture of agricultural tools for tillage, seeding and planting, as well as tillage. land, handling turf maintenance and landscaping equipment.

Based in Salina, the University noted that Great Plans has eight manufacturing plants in central Kansas and operates a wholly owned subsidiary of Kubota North America – which bought the company in 2016.

“It is a privilege to recognize Great Plains Manufacturing as our 2022 Company of the Year,” said Matt O’Keefe, Dean of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. “The company’s investment in the college, both in direct financial support of students and faculty, as well as the hiring of our graduates, is greatly appreciated.”

K-State reported that Great Plains is a corporate partner in engineering leadership and innovation within the college and participates in the annual Career Spotlight Day on campus as mentors interact with ELI Scholars throughout. of the year.

The university said Great Plains recruits students in the biological systems, computer science, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering majors – as well as in the management majors. agricultural technologies, computer science and construction and management sciences.

K-State noted that the company has also provided direct scholarship support and helps support faculty and research. Additionally, he said Great Plains has sponsored the Helwig Farms quarter-scale tractor team and partnered with students working on their senior design projects.

The university said it will be honoring Great Plains as part of the College of Engineering career fair reception at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21 in the atrium of Engineering Hall.

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