SONNY’S The CarWash Factory is a long time friend of FIRST, sponsoring and mentoring FIRST Robotics Competition team 1251, Tech-Tiger Robotics for almost 15 years.  Originally they were just coming up to see ROBOTICON, but then we ran into a logistical challenge and SONNY’S pitched in without hesitation and saved the day – and our event! Now that’s Gracious Professionalism!

We’re happy to count SONNY’S among this year’s event partners.  You can meet them at the Manufacturing the Future panel on Saturday, October 7 at 11am, in the Media room.  We asked them to tell us more about their company, what they do and why they feel FIRST is important.

SONNY’S The CarWash Factory is the largest manufacturer of conveyorized car wash equipment in the world. Headquartered in South Florida, the company has been washing cars since 1949 and prides itself on competing globally with a product that is designed, built, and backed in the USA. SONNY’S delivers its clients a total car wash business solution with the equipment; parts, software, chemistry, and hands-on training its clients need to grow their business.

Why SONNY’S Supports FIRST Robotics

SONNY’S has been a sponsor of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1251, Tech-Tiger Robotics since 2003.  We have had the privilege to witness the positive impact and inspiration in our youth. FIRST is as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. We are honored for the opportunity it gives us to help motivate young people in our community to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. SONNY’S sponsorship of the FIRST Robotics program has transformed the landscape of our office.

Several of our engineers and machinists came to us through FIRST and that’s only one side of the positive impact this program has had. Many people at our factory take pride in supporting the kids to prepare for competitions. In that process they work to learn new skills, advance their abilities, and consciously act to mentor these students. It’s powerful and one of many reasons we feel it’s really the factory that’s at the winning end of this relationship.

To see what SONNY’S see in FIRST students, come out this weekend to ROBOTICON and Be Inspired!

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