Saw filer instructor Greg Daykin (left) and TRU Williams Lake Executive Director Dr. Ray Sanders

Saw filer instructor Greg Daykin (left) and TRU Williams Lake Executive Director Dr. Ray Sanders

Band saw donated to TRU

Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake recently received a generous donation to their saw filer program.

Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake recently received a generous donation to their saw filer program.

Vince Benner, president of AMS Equipment, donated a Powell 60-inch band saw to the university in memory of his father, John Benner, says TRU marketing co-ordinator Myrissa Krenzler.

AMS Equipment buys, rebuilds and sells used sawmill equipment and this band saw in particular was a pet project of John’s after his retirement in 2003.

Benner said he did not feel right selling the band saw after his father passed away, and in speaking to the TRU saw filer instructor, Greg Daykin, discovered the program was looking for a piece of equipment such as this.

“It seemed like a great idea to donate it in my dad’s name,” Benner said.

The university is happy to receive the donation.

“This is a very generous donation to our saw filer program,” said Dr. Ray Sanders, executive director of TRU Williams Lake.

“We are very honoured to have something with such special meaning on our campus. This band saw is an important addition to this unique program.”

The saw is now at TRU ready for the new group of saw filer students who are beginning their course.

Williams Lake is home to the only saw filer program in British Columbia.