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Sutherlin seniors receive recognition for hydraulic trailer creation

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- Two Sutherlin High School career and technical education students are being recognized for setting a new standard when it comes to student metal work.

Supported by Sutherlin business Great Northern Trailer Works, SHS seniors Carlos Lopez and Cameron Lemke spent four weeks completing a hydraulic dump trailer.

With a 14,000-pound capacity, trailers like this are valued at over $2,000, and it's the first of its size to come out of a Douglas County agricultural metals course.

"Seeing all of the parts and everything that's cut sitting on the trailer, and you just have this huge stack that you don't know what you're gonna do with, and then it turns into this,” said Lemke. “That's the craziest thing that I saw, the start to finish of the whole thing."

The trailer will stick with the Sutherlin CTE program and will also be available for the school district to use.

It was displayed at last week's Douglas County Home Show.

Both Lopez and Lemke will be attending Umpqua Community College this fall.

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