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AZP Supports Construction of THE FACTORY

RUTHERFORDTON, March 25, 2021 – KidSenses Children’s Interactive Museum received a generous contribution from American Zinc Products to help complete Phase 2 construction of The FACTORY – A Place to Meet and Make. When completed, The FACTORY, KidSenses Children’s Museum, and Discovery Garden will comprise a 27,000 squarefoot museum complex.

American Zinc Products (AZP) is a metals processing facility local to Rutherford County who employs over 375 individuals. They takes recycled material and refine it to a finished zinc metal using solvent extraction and an electrowinning process. This finished product can then be used in the production of automobiles, appliances and various infrastructure applications. To learn more visit www.americanzincproducts.com.

The FACTORY is the Museum’s exciting new STEM learning center which will provide fun and challenging activities in a variety of maker zones. The Tech Lab will have state of the art technology including laser cutters, 3D printers and more; the Make It Place will house conventional hand and power tools; the Food Studio will be a fully functioning kitchen where our visitors can bring the same maker mindset to the culinary arts; the Idea Zone will be the ultimate collaborative space for youth to “dream and team” as they envision their projects. 

 “We are delighted that American Zinc Products has chosen to support the construction of The Factory”, said the Museum’s Executive Director, Willard Whitson. “The Factory will not only serve our current demographic, but is being developed to engage youth eleven and older. Increasingly, jobs in our region reflect a STEM based economy, and THE FACTORY will help our youth acquire the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to succeed in this future work environment. “Making a donation to support Phase 2 of The Factory’s construction was an easy decision for AZP. The Factory will be an asset to our community, our employees, and their families. Improving the quality of life for generations to come through projects such as this will ensure that we are able to attract and retain a strong workforce” said Kobus de Wet, Vice President and General Manager of AZP.

This gift from American Zinc Products reinforces the idea that the work we do at the museum helps make our community – their community – a better place for them to be and a better place for the lives of their employees and families,” said Willard Whitson. 

KidSenses Childrens Interactive Museum is located at 172 N. Main Street in Historic Downtown Rutherfordton. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the museum is currently closed. For more information about our FACTORY expansion and future reopening plans, please visit www.kidsenses.org or www.factorymuseum.orgBe sure to “Like us” on Facebook! 

Press Contact: Willard Whitson, Executive Director, willard@kidsenses.org, 828-286-2120