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Photo Gallery: Secretary Solis Visits Viking Drill & Tool in St. Paul, Minnesota
(April 13, 2011)

Images include:

  • Secretary Solis (far right) gathers with Viking Drill & Tool’s partners – among them union representatives and local officials – during a briefing that preceeded the tour of the company’s manufacturing facility.
  • Dave Foster, Executive Director of the Blue-Green Alliance and Secretary Solis share a light-hearted moment with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak (foreground) and St. Paul Mayor Christopher Coleman (out of frame).
  • As Secretary Solis, Mayor Coleman (immediately behind the Secretary) and Dave Foster look on, a worker at Viking Drill & Tour demonstrates the proper operation of a machine that extracts reusable lubricating oil from metal shavings cast off during the manufacturing process. The machine recovers an average of 50 gallons of oil every shift.
  • Secretary Solis points to some of Viking’s high speed cutting drill heads during a tour of the company’s facilities. Viking’s products are sold around the globe and are widely known for their high quality.
  • A manager at Viking demonstrates how, with the help of employees trained using DOL green job funds, the company is converting discarded industrial machinery into equipment that is not just as “good as new” but also some of the most energy efficient machinery in the industry. The approach saves the company money and keeps them ahead of competitors.
  • A worker demonstrates the precision cut of a C&C machine on Viking’s manufacturing floor.
  • Viking wastes nothing. Here a worker shows the Secretary how to use one of their newest machines, which turns all of their old packaging into bundles of cardboard that are easily recycled. Viking used to collect three dumpsters of waste per day. Now they need just one, and it’s all recycleable.
  • A worker shows Solis one of Viking’s finished drill heads, and the machine he uses to gauge it’s tolerances with precision.
  • Workers and managers at Viking committed to safety. Many wore shirts with the slogan 'Our safety doesn’t depend on luck.'