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STUDENTS DISCOVER CAREER POSSIBILITIES IN COUNTY

What do minuscule parts for heart catheters, copper tubing being used in air conditioners throughout the world, and one of the most productive power plants in the state all have in common? A group of 54 high school students from throughout the county could tell you the answer in a heartbeat: They are all made right here in Stokes County.

Technology education students from North, South and West Stokes high schools recently had a chance to tour three of the county’s most successful manufacturing and industrial facilities thanks to a collaboration between the school system’s career development staff, the Stokes County Economic Development Commission and Forsyth Tech.

In King, students visited Dynamic Machining and Manufacturing (DM2) a certified contract manufacturer of high-precision machined parts and assemblies.

DM2 Vice President Leonard Speaks told the students the business has been operating in Stokes County for over nine years and ships out thousands of specially machined parts each week. “About 65 percent of what we do is for medical applications, and the rest is split up between industrial, robotics, and electric motors and aircraft,” said Speaks. He said the business started when he and DM2 president Joe Landry were working together in a machine shop and decided to start a business of their own. “We started in Rural Hall and wanted to buy a building to expand. Stokes County and Alan Wood were very helpful in helping us find this building and providing incentives to move in.”

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