Hankscraft Empowers Local High School Students with Engineering Career Insights

Reedsburg, Wis. – Hankscraft recently hosted an engineering and manufacturing career exploration event on April 23, 2024. Local high school students from Reedsburg and Baraboo gained invaluable career insights during their visit to Hankscraft’s headquarters facility.

The event aimed to inspire and guide students towards future careers in engineering. Through an engaging s and interactive session, students not only learned about Hankscraft’s cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing processes but also received personalized attention, career mentorship, and a custom motorized display sign.

“We are pleased to have local students attend this event,” said Dave Schoell, President of Hankscraft Inc. “Engineering is at the core of everything we design, manufacture, and provide to our customers around the world. Exposing these students to real life applications and encouraging them in their future endeavors is a wonderful thing to be able to share.”  

Jeff Stoltenow, Director of Engineering at Hankscraft Inc., led the students at the event. “I believe that career exploration is extremely important for students to get a clear understanding before investing in higher education,” said Stoltenow. 

“STEM exploration is not only important for the industry and the economy, but also vital for the community,” said Stoltenow. “Opportunities like this create a pipeline of talent while exposing students to the potential career options in their hometown. Understanding that there are local opportunities is important to the community as a whole.”  

Stoltenow supports a team of skilled and motivated engineers to bring products from inception to delivery. The department is integral in producing high-quality, value-added products for Hankscraft customers. 

Hankscraft also supports community members with annual scholarships for higher education. A collaborative fund between Hankscraft, Sound Devices, and the Markos Foundation awards select graduates of Reedsburg Area High School educational scholarships. Over the past 8 consecutive years, Hankscraft has donated $40,000 to Reedsburg scholars. 

Hankscraft’s has a deep history within the Reedsburg community. In 1951, Hankscraft supported the town’s historic hosting of Wisconsin’s first sanctioned Little League game.  

2024 marks the 75th anniversary of Hankscraft’s incorporation and 77 years in the Reedsburg community since the company relocated from Madison in 1949. Hankscraft is one of Reedsburg’s longest-standing manufacturing businesses.