POET Biorefining of Laddonia recently awarded a $1,000 grant recently to Greg Hedberg, of Centralia, to be used towards a 4-H Welding Program for the F&L Hustlers 4-H Club. Hedberg received the donation on Tuesday, March 13. The donation was presented by POET General Manager Steve Murphy.
The funds were used to procure welding personal protective equipment, learning aids, raw materials, and welding consumables. POET purchased the equipment through their company to help the grant stretch further into more supplies for the students. Hedberg’s desire to help his local 4-H club, the F&L Hustlers, who are also apart of Audrain County, goes back to his wish for having a similar type of program when he was younger. Hedberg’s career includes a completing his time at a welding school in Nevada, Mo. and working in the industry since that time.
“I would like to be able to teach the youth about the basics of welding and fabrication as well as many other tradesman career paths,” Hedberg said in a letter to POET.
The group first toured a local fabrication shop on February 2, had an orientation for the students on February 6, while instructional classes were held every Tuesday through March 2018.