Morris South Sponsors Edge Factor Competition

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Morris Group, Inc. division supports ‘Reality Redesigned’ manufacturing design contest.

Morris South (http://www.morrissouth.com), Charlotte, NC and Huntsville, AL, a division of Morris Group, Inc., (http://www.morrisgroupinc.com) has announced its sponsorship of the Edge Factor’s ‘Reality Redesigned’ (http://www.edgefactor.com/realityredesigned) student design competition. Edge Factor is a film project whose purpose is to engage youth in hands-on experiences in manufacturing.

‘Reality Redesigned,’ a manufacturing design competition with a reality-show twist, is aimed at fostering a revolutionized image of manufacturing. Its intent is to unlock the ‘fascinating world of manufacturing’ to the next generation. It offers students across North America an opportunity to submit innovative designs for mountain bike parts in one of three categories: frame, suspension or components. Their designs are judged on form, fit and function. Contestants have entered for their chance to work with some of the top leaders in the mountain bike industry and win prizes.

According to Jerry Rex, president of Morris South, “Morris South has always been supportive and committed to education, and with the Edge Factor competition we are not only supporting the future of manufacturing, we’re having fun and seeing some awesome designs. These students are amazing.”

Jeremy Bout, producer/host of Edge Factor adds, “For projects like this we need the support of our manufacturing partners. The folks at Morris South have been an unbelievable resource and wealth of information. Jerry and his crew have always helped us look ahead in this project and were first to ask how they could help. We can’t even begin to tell how appreciative we are of their efforts.”

The judging process for each of the top 9 designs in the “Reality Redesigned’competition will be released through a video series called The GAUNTLET, beginning April 23rd. On May 24, the top 3 winners will be announced at the SME RAPID Expo, May 22-25, 2012 in Atlanta. The top nine finalists all will receive an HD Drift Camera, while the three winners will win over $40,000 worth of prizes, with $8,000 as the Grand Prize.

Morris South, a division of Morris Group, Inc., is an exclusive distributor for Okuma, Tsugami, Hardinge, Bridgeport and many other fine products. In addition to new machine tools, Morris South provides engineered solutions, replacement parts, service, preventative maintenance and more. Services also include customer consultation, financing, installation, training, service and disposition of retired machines. Morris South serves manufacturers from all industry sectors in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Morris Group, Inc. companies supply high performance machine tools; tooling and accessories; and related engineering services to manufacturers of precision machined parts. The thirteen companies form one of the largest machine tool distribution networks in North America. The firm is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut and employs more than 400.

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