2016 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Dassault Systèmes  (software licenses)
In 2015, Dassault Systémes became a TORC sponsor. They provided TORC with sixty SOLIDWORKS licenses for our students. SOLIDWORKS in a 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software that trains and supports the world’s engineering and design teams. This past summer TORC students began learning to use SOLIDWORKS as we seek to expand the students engineering and design skills. TORC mentor, Jeff Funke facilitated this relationship. Read more about Dassault Systémes and SOLIDWORKS.
The FCA Foundation
LOGHI NAFTAThe FCA Foundation has been sponsoring TORC with a grant each year since 2012.  In addition to the grant provided to TORC to assist with registration fees and the robot build, The FCA Foundation also provides additional funds when TORC qualifies for the FIRST World Competition. Read more about The FCA Foundation.

Relume Technologies
relume_logo_CMYKRelume Technologies began sponsoring TORC in 2011 when Peter Hochstein, founder of Relume Technologies, donated toward the World Championship registration fee. Sadly, shortly after the World Competition, Mr. Hochstein passed away unexpectedly. In 2012, they continued their commitment to TORC and partnered with us to create the ALPHA Award in Mr. Hochsteins memory. In 2013, Relume Technologies partnered with TORC again and joined TORC as the first sponsor to extend an internship opportunity to a TORC student member. For 2016, Relume Technologies has achieved another first. They donated a Scara Robot valued at $4000. Relume Technologies is a leader in outdoor LED lighting solutions and their products play a role in creating a greener world by producing up to 50% energy savings per project. Learn more about Relume Technologies by clicking here.
Michigan Department of Education
Logo - MDEThe Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has appropiated funds to support Michigan Public Schools STEM/Robotics programs. MDE began awarding grants to TORC in 2014.
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Legacy Center
LegacyLogoFNL1LinewtagPRINTThe Legacy Center of Oxford, MI. became a sponsor during the 2016 season. They have assisted TORC in several ways: donating 1000 sq. ft. space to house the FIRST Oxford Robotics Center where TORC will continue to mentor the FIRST JrFLL, FLL, and FTC teams of Oxford, providing storage space for 3100+ cases/gallons of water that TORC collected to donate to Flint, and allowing TORC to set up its practice field during our competition season. Additionally, the Legacy Center is providing storage space for TORC supplies. Legacy Center owner, Christian Mills has been very supportive and TORC is very grateful.
Please visit the Legacy Center to learn more

Titanium Level

Oakland Orthopaedic Surgeons
Oakland Orthopaedic Surgeons In 2016, TORC expanded it’s sponsorship with the addition of our new sponsor, Oakland Orthopaedic Surgeons via Dr. Kevin Grant. All twelve of the surgeons at Oakland Orthopaedic Surgeons are dedicated to the care of patients with orthopaedic disabilities and disorders. Their mission is to provide quality comprehensive care to their patients by using the latest technological advances in medicine today.Read more about Dr. Grant and Oakland Orthopaedic Surgeons

Gold Sponsor

valeo Valeo began sponsoring TORC financially in 2011. In 2012, with the help of TORC Mentor, Steve Marshall, Valeo donated four computers and monitors for use by the TORC CAD team. Valeo’s sponsorship participation is expanding this year as they have developed ways to support other teams as well. Read more about Valeo

Dynamic Robotic Solution (DRS)
drs dynamic robotic solutionsDynamic Robotic Solution (DRS), formerly known as KMT Robotics Solutions, has sponsored TORC since 2011. In addition to financial donations, they have supported TORC by donating materials, a banner and painting services for our robots. Read more about Dynamic Robotic Solutions. Read more about Dynamic Robotic Solutions.

Pillar Design
PillarLogo_FinalCMYKPillar Design became a TORC sponsor in 2015. Owned by a parent of a TORC member, Pillar Design has been a valuable resource for the Chairman’s team. Providing graphic design services and assisting students with the creation of our Chairman’s video, Pillar Design has helped TORC expand it’s skills.  In addition, the robots sport eye-catching graphics.

CEC Controls Co.

CEC controlsCEC Controls has been sponsoring TORC since 2011. They have doubled their support this year. Our partnership with them began when Scott McBride (CEC Employee), began mentoring with TORC as our Programming and Electrical Lead Mentor. Read more about CEC Controls

Kettering University
Kettering_Logo_TransparentKettering University began sponsoring TORC in 2011. In addition to financial support, Kettering provided TORC’s first fabrication equipment training for TORC mentors and worked with TORC to implement Mech 100 for college credit in Oxford High School. TORC now provides workshops in the FIRST Community Center at Kettering University, supplies TORC alumni as mentors to teams in the center, and five TORC alumni designed and built Kettering’s first “Robot in 3 Days” (a challenge where, beginning the day of the new FIRST game release, small groups attempt to build a robot in three days). Read more about Kettering University and read more about the FIRST Community Center at Kettering University

Kawasaki Robotics (USA)
kawasaki Robotics
Kawasaki Robotics (USA) sponsored TORC for the first time in 2014. They have increased their donation this year. Max Falcone, a TORC mentor and Kawasaki Robotics (USA) engineer facilitated the relationship between the two partners. The new TORC home page design was inspired by the robots TORC was privileged to operate while touring Kawasaki Robotics (USA) last spring. Read more about Kawasaki Robotics (USA).

ABB Group
ABB group logoTORC is pleased to welcome ABB of Auburn Hills, MI. as a new sponsor for the 2016 season. ABB has generously donated funds to assist TORC with its robot build and other expenses. ABB is not new to FIRST team sponsorship. They previously sponsored our Oxford Middle School FIRST FTC team, Team 5291 TOWR. The support ABB extends to Oxford teams is greatly appreciated. Read more about ABB Group

Silver Sponsors

Klassen Custom Fab, Inc.
 Klassen Fab Inc LogoKlassen Custom Fab, Inc. became a TORC sponsor in 2016. They generously donated steel plates for use by TORC’s fabrication team. This enabled TORC to safely construct field elements that will used when hosting Week 0 Practice events for FIRST teams.
OC Photoworx
oc-photoworx-logosliderOC Photoworx is joining TORC as a new sponsor for 2016. They have generously donated printing services as well as provided materials for our pit display. Read more about OC Photoworx here

Aluminum Sponsors

Oxford Stor-N-Lock
Oxford Stor-n-LockOxford Stor-N-Lock, the Official Storage Solution for TORC,became a sponsor in 2014. Saving TORC fifty percent in storage fees, Oxford Stor-N-Lock has solved the teams storage issues.  Read more about Oxford Stor-N-Lock.

JJ Jinkleheimer
jj-jinkleheimer-logoJJ Jinkleheimer has sponsored TORC since 2011. The relationship with them began when TORC’s sponsorship mentor, Kim Shumaker, approached JJ Jinkleheimer’s inviting them to create team t-shirts and spiritwear for TORC. JJ Jinkleheimer was instrumental in helping TORC takes the first steps in creating our now well recognized team brand. JJ Jinkleheimer graciously donated a large portion of the time spent developing our team brand. In addition, they donate services each year and create our spiritwear flyer. JJ Jinkleheimer is now the supplier for multiple FIRST teams in Oxford, including the JrFLL and FLL teams at our elementary schools. Read more about JJ Jinkleheimer Co.

Paul’s Carpet Shine
CarpetShine_1_AllColor (1)Paul’s Carpet Shine is a new sponsor of TORC and didn’t come to us through the usual route. Paul’s son is on the Lake Orion High School FRC Team 302, The Dragons. With that said, TORC would like to thank Paul’s Carpet Shine for their gracious professionalism in helping TORC out with our floor cleaning needs. This year, TORC was able to set up a practice field at the Legacy Center in Oxford, MI. Before TORC could set up the field, we had to clean the concrete floors to ensure dust or other particles would not disturb the robot or team members while practicing. Paul Leming, from Paul’s Carpet Shine, became aware of this issue and donated six hours of cleaning and the machine used to do so.
To Learn more visit Paul’s Carpet Shine

Bronze Sponsor

Palmer Moving and Storage
palmer_logoTORC is proud to welcome a new sponsor. Since 1910, Palmer Moving and Storage has been serving Oxford and Detroit metro area residents for their relocation. Whether it’s a household move, office move or corporate relocation, they are Detroit movers that focus on the customers’ needs. In addition to their moving and storage services, they provide an array of commercial services ranging from warehousing and distribution to specialty transportation and asset management. Read more about Palmer Moving and Storage

Home Depot
HomeDepot_LogoHome Depot has been sponsoring TORC since 2011. Each year they donate materials that the TORC fabrication team uses to construct field elements that will used when hosting Week 0 Practice events for FIRST teams. In addition, TORC students use these materials to build and test prototypes for robot design concepts. Read more about Home Depot