Vogel in second year as Amerequip apprentice

as published in the Tri-County News

More than 125 high school students and teachers from Kiel, New Holstein, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah and Howards Grove toured Amerequip in Kiel on November 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn more about apprenticeships and job opportunities in manufacturing.

Amerequip is a designer and manufacturer of custom equipment for the lawn, landscape, agricultural and construction markets.  The firm's products, produced in four Wisconsin locations by 210 employees, are sold worldwide.  The event took place at the firm's Kiel location with a plant tour as well as presentations from a number of local professionals and youth apprentices.

Students from area high schools toured the Amerequip facility in Kiel with 11 different stations to learn about various aspects of manufacturing.

Students first toured 11 different stations to learn about various aspects of manufacturing done at Amerequip.  Seminars concluded the day's event where students learned more about opportunities available through school apprenticeship programs.  Student-employees like Zack Vogel, a senior at Kiel High School, spoke about their work experience they received while still in school.  Vogel is gaining experience as a welder at Amerequip in Kiel, working mornings before going back to the high school for class.  He is currently in his second year as a youth apprentice.

Kiel High School senior Zack Vogel speaks to a peer group of students from Kiel, New Holstein, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, and Howards Grove high schools about his experience as a second-year youth apprentice as a welder at Amerequip in Kiel.