A team of Plant 45 employees led by General Manager Adam Clark donated a 30-foot piece of football practice equipment for the Northridge High School (Middlebury, Ind.) football team. With only a photo example to go on, the team designed and built what Northridge Coach Tom Wogomon calls a trap chute, which is used during practice drills to keep players low. Coach Wogomon thanked the group of 9 that delivered and assembled the trap chute at Northridge’s practice field last week and declared: “I love it!"
The Elkhart Truth’s Bill Beck wrote a blog article about how the chute is helping the Northridge team. Here is an excerpt:
And usually stationed off to the side is an oddly-shaped frame of wrought iron or steel pipe where linemen are found huffing and puffing and pounding on one another. The apparatus often appears to be a shop class project. Some today can be constructed of PVC fittings.
When Tom Wogomon came to Northridge last season, the Raiders didn’t have one, but it was on his “wish list.” Booster club members offered to help out and contacted Lippert Components for help. A year later, Lippert rolled out a state-of-the-art chute.
"We shot some ideas around, getting specs, sending them to me. We went back and forth with their engineers and then they delivered it in July,” Wogomon said. “They’ve been really supportive.”
"It was about a year from the time we talked to Coach Wogomon to the time we introduced it to him,” said Adam Clark, a lead engineer for the Goshen-based Lippert plant. “Size-wise, we had some engineering issues with the first couple of drafts, but the operations team and engineering quality team did a fantastic job. We wanted to represent the school well.”
The chute was a one-time project. For now. “Once people start seeing it around, you never know.”
I guarantee other coaches will see this, want this and get this.