Community Involvement

Being responsive is a way of life at Storm. It is the driving inspiration for how we treat our customers, our fellow team members, and our community.

Storm Power Components is one of the largest private employers in the Town of Decatur, and in Meigs County.   As a corporate sponsor of the Meigs County School System’s Math & Science initiative, and a donor to the Tennessee Tech Center’s scholarship fund, Storm is committed to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education, and ensuring that local students have  the skills to be ‘job ready’ when they enter the marketplace.

Encouraging Millenials to Consider Careers in Manufacturing

During the 2012-2013 school year, Storm Power Components gave local schools and universities the support they needed to groom students into talented, qualified candidates for the manufacturing industry. The copper manufacturer expresses this commitment with its STEM program to teach high school students about the manufacturing sector, and through Storm Interns, its internship and apprentice program. Storm is indeed dedicated to job readiness and goes where the students are, from the high school to college level. Its programs and resources focus on teaching students technical and professional skills, so they are not only job-ready, but real-life-ready as well. A real-life example is Scott Moon, who also teaches, providing a local success story to students: Moon is a Meigs County High School graduate, and one of Storm’s lead engineers, specializing in lamination and powder coating of custom electrical components.

Storm Powered Engineering Innovation and Competition

The Southern Polytechnic State University Electrical Vehicles Team, race bike division, has faced obstacles, challenges, and a stressful first year to form its team, find a place to build its race bike, and eventually make it to race day. Through perseverance and generous donations and support from companies specifically involved in power generation and alternative energy, the team made a journey in August to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) for the 2013 FIM eRoad Racing World Cup.

While the race was the debut for electric race bikes at IMS, the event was even more special for the SPSU EVT race bike division, which made another debut simultaneously as the only prototype team that came to IMS, and the only university team entered in the competition.

Tyler Rowan, an Electrical Engineering major at Southern Polytechnic State University and a member of the Electrical Vehicles Team, has always been interested in electrical vehicles because of their positive environmental factors and fascination with the technology which powers them. “I’ve wanted to build an electric car for as long as I can remember, but the expense always prevented it,” said Rowan. “Caesar Gonzales, a professional bike racer, approached me a couple of times trying to get me interested in building an electric race bike.” Rowan finally gave in.

 “Our first year as a team has been extremely stressful,” Rowan says. “We had no place to work, and little funding.” Gonzales, a professional bike racer, was generous in donating the bike chassis to the team, and Rowan put together a plan and a proposal to use in approaching companies to get corporate sponsors. “As a corporate sponsor, Storm was ideal because our vision was for our bike to feature copper components. Storm’s copper busbar fit the bill. No soldering, no wires to connect. The busbar gave us immediate connection, saving us an immense amount of time,” he said.

The group experienced significant difficulty with the ordering and shipment of batteries, which delayed the team from November 2012 until May 2013. Despite the delay, the team moved full-speed ahead with the goal of entering their electric motorcycle in the eight-lap FIM eRoad Racing World Cup at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 18, 2013. The race is part of the new FIM eRoad Racing series, a merger between the FIM ePower series and TTXGP series.

“We are extremely proud that we even made it to the race,” says Rowan. “The attention we received from hundreds of people floored us. General Electric and numerous other companies came by to see us, a lot of engineers, and I think there was even a lobbyist from somewhere. We made great connections while we were in Indianapolis.”

The team is already looking forward to next year’s race. According to Rowan the race was a great first

“The support that Storm provided the team as its exclusive power components sponsor was significant to us. With all the battery troubles we had this year, we probably wouldn’t have made it to Indianapolis without Storm’s copper busbar. It would have taken us an unbelievable amount of time to hook up all the wires that our battery design required. With the busbar, we had instant connection.”