WIDIA Partners with Cardinal Manufacturing on IMTS Go-Kart


Latrobe, Pennsylvania – In a project commissioned by WIDIA for the company’s booth at the International Manufacturing Technology Show, students from Cardinal Manufacturing exhibited many qualities their program is designed to build – teamwork, professionalism, and technical skills in machining a custom-made go-kart with WIDIA tooling. The Cardinal team will be at WIDIA’s booth and will showcase the go-kart that one lucky race winner will take home after WIDIA’s customer event, taking place at K1 Speed on Wednesday, September 12.

“We feel very lucky to work with these students and support Cardinal Manufacturing. Not only does this program address the skills gap in advanced manufacturing and provide students a meaningful education, but also instills soft skills and professionalism that employers like WIDIA seek out,” said Chris Merlin, Director of Global Marketing.

Leading up to IMTS, WIDIA ran a 12-event campaign targeted at getting customers to analyze productivity opportunities with the help of cutting tool and programming experts. Attendees received training on the latest machining and tooling technologies at a professional indoor go-kart racing facility, where each attendee had the opportunity to race their way to an expense-paid trip to IMTS. Participants will race in the final K1 Speed event during IMTS for a chance to take home the go-kart machined by Cardinal Manufacturing. 

About Cardinal Manufacturing

Cardinal Manufacturing is a company within a school – providing exceptional educational opportunities for students to build professional, problem solving, and career skills based in a real-world business environment. Students are responsible for all aspects of operation, from advanced machining skills and welding skills to soft skills and professionalism – everything it takes to work for a manufacturing company. For more information on Cardinal Manufacturing you can check out their website at cardinal, Cardinal Manufacturing facebook page, or several videos on youtube.