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Spartronics gets boost


Venture Global makes large donation to Imlay robotics team


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Christina Muir Murphy and John Murphy (center) of Venture Global Engineering present a $20,000 donation to members of the Spartronics robotics team at Imlay City High School last month.

December 05, 2018
IMLAY CITY — Venture Global Engineering has given a $20,000 donation to Imlay City School's Spartronics robotics team.

The check presentation was made at the Nov. 26 Imlay City School Board meeting.

"It's truly an honor to support the very talented and driven students of our local robotics team," said Venture's Christina Muir-Murphy.

Spartronics advisor and Imlay City High School teacher Don Heeke said the team is looking forward to stocking up on tools and parts with the generous gift. They hope to purchase hand power tools and a band saw along with robot parts such as electronics, metal and pneumatics. They'll also be prepared to buy any other parts they'll need once the FIRST Robotics season challenge is announced in early 2019.

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Heeke said the team must pay significant registration fees—around $5,000—to enter district, state and world championships each year so the Venture donation will be a big boost to those efforts.

Every team needs to have the proper attire too so, Heeke said, "we will use the funds for swag."

Venture Global Engineering is a Sterling Heights-based company with locations in Imlay City and Almont that offers mold design, build and repair; tooling and secondary equipment along with engineering services.

They also host a charity golf outing each summer and distribute the funds among various organizations and school groups in the Tri-City and Macomb County areas.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.
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