Hitch Provider Nurtures Next Generation of Engineers

Nov 18, 2013

Progress Manufacturing’s Equal-i-zer and Fastway divisions will host a youth job fair on Nov. 20 at the company’s headquarters in Provo, Utah.

“Kids will be introduced to engineering, welding, machining and see tools and processes they never knew existed,” said Jed Anderson, president of Progress Manufacturing.

Progress Manufacturing, which was recently named Utah “Manufacturer of the Year,” participates in annual community service projects to follow its mantra to “leave a legacy of good,” according to the company. Progress Manufacturing this year has invited teens to its facility to learn about manufacturing and production, and build something on-site.

“My hope is that through this experience more children will become interested in engineering, designing and creating, and someday they will create jobs, products and also be named, Manufacturer of the Year,” Anderson said.

Progress Manufacturing is experiencing a recent growth spurt. The company has increased its staff by 25 percent and has received multiple national product awards for its Equal-i-zer Sway Control Hitches, according to the company.

“When I first came to Equal-i-zer in 1994, there were just three of us,” Anderson said. “We would jump in a pickup and head out for donuts to celebrate our wins. I can’t believe how much we have grown and all we have accomplished. I credit our success to our hard working employees, our fun atmosphere and our continued efforts to leave a legacy for good.

The hands-on job fair will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 20.

To register for the event, call 801-377-9599.