New Scholarship for PTI Students from FarWest Fabricators

October 19, 2017

Pictured: Norm Thomas, Jeff Carter, Jeff Rogers, and Scott Smith of FarWest Fabricators with Perry Tech President Christine Coté.


Yakima, WA – October 13th, 2017 – FarWest Fabricators announced a new $5,000 Jeff Carter Scholarship today to support Perry Technical Institute students pursuing technical training.

FarWest Fabricators is funding the new scholarship, named after its recently-retired former owner Jeff Carter, as part of its expanded commitment to the Yakima community following acquisition of the company by Solomons Fund, which was announced August 1, 2017. That commitment is a key element of a long-term strategic plan for FarWest Fabricators that envisions growing revenues and profits, creating new jobs and mentoring next-generation leadership.

“We’ve had great success over the years hiring Perry Tech graduates, and we know that great educational institutions are key to the health of any community,” said Norm Thomas, chief executive officer of FarWest Fabricators. “We’re proud to be able to offer our support both financially and through our employees serving as advisors and mentors for Perry Tech and its students.”

The Jeff Carter Scholarship is the second Perry Tech scholarship provided by a Solomons Fund-purchased company in Yakima. The $5,000 Graphic Label Scholarship Fund was announced in August 2016.

The Perry Technical Institute Foundation will supervise the fund, which the school will award to two students in the amount of $2,500 each. Students in the following two programs are eligible: Welding, and Machining & Precision Manufacturing. The Foundation will make award decisions based on an assessment of grades, attendance and work ethic, and the school will give preference to veterans.

“Throughout our history, Perry has focused on providing industry with employees that have the right combination of technical skills and positive work habits,” said Christine Coté, President of Perry Technical Institute. “Our success is built on the support and involvement of industry partners. We are honored to work with FarWest Fabricators to expand the scholarship opportunities available to Perry students.”    

About FarWest Fabricators

FarWest Fabricators makes metal parts to exacting standards for a wide range of industries. It has earned a stellar reputation for customer service, quality and integrity since its founding in 1983. FarWest Fabricators has more than 80 employees, primarily at its headquarters in Moxee, Wash., who are engineers, software technicians, machinists, welders, sales specialists and administrators maintaining a corporate culture built on character, diligence, and commitment to customers and to one another. For more information, visit

About Solomons Fund

Solomons Fund acquires companies to extend their legacies by applying principles of stewardship, operational excellence and long-term vision to produce exponential growth for the acquired companies and strong returns for Solomons Fund investors. FarWest Fabricators is Solomons Fund’s most recent acquisition, announced in August 2017. It also owns Yakima-based Graphic Label and BestWorth Rommel of Arlington, Washington. For more information, visit




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