From playtime to career

By |  March 31, 2016

It’s finally spring, time for kids to play outside after being cooped up indoors over the long winter months. With Extreme Sandbox, now adults get to play, too. Extreme Sandbox provides guests with an opportunity to operate real construction machines. The adventure takes place in a 10-acre “sandbox,” with training supervision from expert instructors who help provide a fun and memorable experience.

This week, Extreme Sandbox and Komatsu America Corp. announced an exclusive equipment sponsorship agreement that enables both companies to expose more Americans to the experience of operating big machines. In addition to the fun it provides, the partnership will introduce a new generation to heavy equipment and the potential of a rewarding career.

“We see tremendous value in using ‘fun’ to get students excited about the heavy equipment trades, as well as letting the general public experience what it is like to operate this type of equipment,” says Randy Stenger, founder & CEO of Extreme Sandbox.

Rich Smith, vice present, Product and Services Division for Komatsu America, adds, “This alliance is an opportunity to transform these impressive marvels of engineering technology from a roadside and work-zone curiosity into an informative, exciting, hands-on experience.”

Extreme Sandbox is Trip Advisor’s top-rated attraction in suburban Minneapolis. A second site is opening April 15, an hour north of Dallas, and site openings are planned for several U.S. cities in the next few years. Permanent sites will also offer the opportunity to schedule machine and safety training at the high-school and community-college level, as well as demonstration and customer appreciation events for local distributors.

At the same time, Extreme Sandbox will embark on periodic road tours that spread the message of a thrilling experience and rewarding career to local communities across the country, via tailgating events, state fairs, festivals, parades, etc.

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