Hydaker-Wheatlake makes donation to ACC

The Alpena Community College utility technology program recently received a donation of rubber insulating gloves and sleeves from the Hydaker-Wheatlake Co. of Reed City.

The gift, which was valued at $28,381, was presented by Hydaker-Wheatlake representatives Bob Cato, director of human resources and safety, and Jim Macksey, corporate senior safety advisor.

Each student in ACC’s utility technology program will be issued a properly fitted pair of gloves for their use.

“The glove and sleeve donation from Hydaker-Wheatlake Co. will provide our students real world practice with this important safety equipment,” said Roy Smith, ACC utility technology instructor.

Lineman wear rubber gloves to protect themselves from accidental contact with energized conductors and to do hot-line work from a bucket truck.

Hydaker-Wheatlake is a 90-year old family owned company and part of a three-company corporate group, which also includes Hydrolake Inc. and Utility Supply and Construction Co. Hydaker-Wheatlake is a recognized leader in the industry.

The recent donation demonstrates the company’s ongoing support for ACC’s utility technician and technology program. Last year, Hydaker-Wheatlake took a leadership role in support of ACC’s Electrical Power Technology Center project with a leadership gift of $50,000.