New worker-run business comes to West Side

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Four Austin Polytechnical Academy students have started their own worker-run business.

The students are applying their computer-aided manufacturing skills to run MECH creations. The company will manufacture trumpet mouthpieces at Austin Polytechnical Academy, 231 N. Pine Ave.

“We’re starting MECH Creations to bring new business to our community,” Jennifer Curtis, 18-year-old student who co-founded MECH creations, said in a press release. “We are four young women who will work for ourselves and our neighborhood to show that anything is possible for young people.”

The company will be debuted to Austin residents Thursday, May 16 at the school. The four students will host a neighborhood event at 5 p.m., where they will present their plans.

“In school, we learned about the Mondragon Cooperative, the world’s largest worker-owned cooperative in Spain,” Desiree Wordlaw, co-founder of MECH creations, said in a press release.

“It was started by five young people who attended a technical school that Austin Polytechnical was modeled after. We hope we can be as successful as them, and help bring money and jobs back to Austin.”

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