More than 30 juniors in Jesuit's Engineering program received first-hand experience in manufacturing and production Friday (Oct. 27) at Vigo & Alessi's spacious multi-building campus just a few minutes from Jesuit.
Paul Alessi '11 and Laura DeLucia, P '05, '08 took the Jesuit students, who are in their second year of the Engineering program, on a two-hour behind-the-scenes tour. They learned about the blend of machinery, robots, and manpower that has helped 70-year-old Vigo & Alessi develop into one of the leading food producers in the country.
Alessi, who spent his high school summers working at the family business and graduated from Loyola University Maryland, used a headset system to communicate with the students while touring the louder areas of the production facility. Alessi showed the students how each product is quickly, safely, and reliably packaged and ready to distribute to retailers around the nation, everything from staple items such as yellow rice, olive oil, pasta, and soups, to farro, tri-color quinoa, panettone and much more.
New robots implemented in recent years by Vigo & Alessi have helped improve productivity, Alessi said. He showed how the robots are programmed to work with each other and streamline the entire process.
The students, who last year completed Introduction to Engineering and this year are taking Principles of Engineering, are part of Jesuit's three-year engineering program with teacher Lauren Hescheles, which is operated in conjunction with Project Lead The Way. Click here for more information, and please see a photo slideshow below from Friday's tour of Vigo & Alessi.
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