2017 Sponsors

Dassault Systèmes (software licenses) – Platinum Level Sponsor

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.

CAMS – Platinum Level Sponsor
The FCA Foundation – Platinum Level Sponsor

The 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 here
ARC Investment – Titanium Level Sponsor

ARC Investment began supporting TORC in 2017. ARC Investment is a privately held commercial real estate development and management company owned by a family member of TORC team member AJ LaRoche. They own and operate: Security Self Storage Mini-warehouses (ssstoragemi.com), Paint Creek Village Apartments (paintcreekvillage.com) and several light industrial and business parks in Oakland County, MI. Their most recent project is a 53,000 sq.ft. mixed use Business Park in Auburn Hills, MI.

Michigan Department of Education (MDE) – Titanium Level Sponsor

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has appropriated funds to support Michigan Public Schools STEM/Robotics programs. MDE began awarding grants to TORC in 2014.

Read more about Michigan Department of Education (MDE) here
Oakland Orthopaedic Surgeons – Titanium Level Sponsor

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

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Oxford Community Schools – Gold Level Sponsor

Oxford Community Schools is supporting TORC

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CEC Controls – Gold Level Sponsor

CEC 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

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Quality Fastener and Supply – Gold Level Sponsor

Quality Fastener and Supply Company began supporting TORC in 2017. Quality Fastener and Supply Company is one of the largest distributors of high quality fasteners, tools, and industrial supplies in the South-East Michigan area. For over 30 years, Quality Fastener and Supply Company has been supplying businesses and individuals with their fastener, tool, and industrial tool needs.

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ABB – Gold Level Sponsor

ABB sponsored TORC in 2016. ABB has generously donated funds to assist TORC with its robot build and other expenses. ABB has also 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 here
Kettering University – Gold Level Sponsor

Kettering 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 here
Oakland University – Gold Level Sponsor
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Stage 3 Productions – Gold Level Sponsor

Stage 3 began sponsoring TORC in 2017. Owned by TORC mentor, Andre LaRoche, Stage 3 has been a valuable resource for video and media editing and equipment.

Read more about Stage 3 Productions here
Village Tees – Gold Level Sponsor

Village Tees began sponsoring TORC in 2017. The relationship with them began when TORC’s mentor, Ricki Purdy, approached Village Tees inviting them to create team t-shirts and spiritwear for TORC.

Read more about Village Tees here
Pillar Design – Aluminum Level Sponsor

Pillar 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.

Leonard’s Pizza – Aluminum Level Sponsor

Leonard's Pizza began sponsoring TORC in 2017 by supplying delicious pizza.

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Barron Industries – Aluminum Level Sponsor

Barron Industries began sponsoring TORC in 2017. Barron Industries is a leading supplier of precision investment castings, CNC machining, rapid prototyping, CAD engineering, and complete assemblies. Barron is unique, full service manufacturing company providing high strength, safety critical castings of both ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Their products are commonly utilized for demanding applications within the global defense, aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, tool and die, and other industrial markets.

Read more about Barron Industries here
GitKraken – Silver Level Sponsor

This year GitKracken began supporting TORC by allowing the use of their super easy to use software, which our programming team loves!

Read more about GitKraken here
The Home Depot – Bronze Level Sponsor

Home 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 The Home Depot here