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A Monopoly Comes to Town
A Monopoly Comes to Town
District
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Upon reading the title, your mind either immediately shifted to your high school economics teacher or Hasbro’s Monopoly Board Game. In this incident, we will accept either mind shift as a good-transition to let you know that recently the owner and president of Andy Mark visited Hemlock Public School District. 


Remarkably enough, the owner’s name isn’t “Andy Mark,” it’s Andy Baker; Mark Koors is the “Mark” in AndyMark and the other founder.  Andy Mark is the only manufacturer and distributor of the FRC Robotics competition field perimeter in the country and perhaps the world. Although; the term monopolist may conjure up some notion of a greedy-capitalist that has summoned all competition null in void, that could not be further than what Andy Baker and his company Andy Mark is all about. 


Robotics Advisor Tom Lockwood shared, “Andy Mark is in the business of making sure that all FRC Robotics teams have a chance to be successful. They even run a program named “FIRST Choice” that provides donated products from over 50 manufacturers. This lets team acquire products like motor controllers, control systems, pneumatic systems, and vision processing boards at no cost.” 


Andy Mark is the premier provider of educational robotics parts, and his visit to HPSD was all about making sure the district’s field perimeter was delivered safely and installed effectively. The Andy Mark field perimeter is a critical component making the STEM Center a usable space for FIRST Robotics Competition teams.


Superintendent Killingbeck said, “We are grateful for amazing partners like Andy Baker from Andy Mark that have continually helped our vision of world-class STEM education possible at HPSD.”