MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. – GEAPS and Kansas State University (KSU) received over $100,000 in equipment from GSI for the Hands-On Training (HOT) Program. GSI is one of two 5 Star Donors to the program.

The HOT Program is a new, interactive training option from GEAPS and KSU available for the first time in December. It teaches grain handling and processing maintenance professionals how to repair and maintain common grain conveying equipment through demonstrations, practice and immediate feedback from instructors.

“GSI’s generous donation supports this innovative training from GEAPS and K-State,” said Barb Kraft, GEAPS International president, and director of compensation and benefits, Landus Cooperative. “It also demonstrates the vital role for industry businesses in helping to fund development of programs needed to train the next generation of grain industry operations professionals to safely and sustainably feed the world.”

Lance Brown, GSI Global Learning and Development director, said, “We are pleased to support this important training that GEAPS and K-State are providing to the industry. We’re also excited about the opportunity for K-State students and faculty to work on a daily basis with InterSystems brand equipment.”

The high-capacity 3i RollerFLO 3i conveyor GSI donated can handle 30,000 to 125,000 bushels of grain per hour. The donated conveyor features many polycarbonate windows to allow trainees to see different parts of the conveyor as it is running. There are also several access doors to allow internal access while the conveyor is not operating.

“There is such a need for this type of interactive training in our industry,” said Marcus Neal, GEAPS International Board chair, and director of facility operations, Lansing Trade Group. “GSI’s support is helping us keep grain industry workers up-to-date on the most effective methods of keeping equipment and facilities running smoothly with minimal downtime.”