TALON 540 could not operate without the help of our generous sponsors. They are truly the backbone of the entire team!

Showbest Fixture Corporation manufactures and installs fixtures for thousands of retail stores and college bookstores. Showbest provides superior customer service by providing quality store fixtures at a competitive price and to deliver and install them on time. Showbest grants TALON 540 financial support and builds game elements, drive stations, and shipping crates. Showbest also provides mentorship in strategy, design, and awards. Mr. Schubert, the owner/CEO of Showbest Fixture Corporation personally provides advice and guidance the team. Showbest & the Schubert family has supported our team for twelve years.


Piedmont Metal Fabricators manufactures miscellaneous industry machinery and sheet metal work. By fabricating frames and miscellaneous metal parts for TALON 540, Piedmont is vital in producing competitive, robust robots. Bruce Bones (sales division), Greg Brindle (engineering department), and many metal workers provide essential knowledge, problem solving skills, and generous amounts of time manufacturing key metal components for our robots. Piedmont Metal Fabricators has supported our team for seven years.

The Spruance Plant is home to 5 businesses: Kevlar®, Mylar®, Nomex®, Tyvek®& and Zytel® and is currently DuPont's largest manufacturing site. In fact, Spruance Plant is the global headquarters for one of DuPont’s fastest-growing businesses: Protection Technologies. DuPont is a third year sponsor of TALON 540.

TKL Products Corporation provides high quality guitar cases and bags to domestic and international music instrument manufacturers and distributors. TKL offers TALON 540 financial support as well as promotional items for our pit packages. TKL Products Corporation owners Tom and Donna Dougherty has supported our team for seven years.

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GE Volunteers is a global network that includes GE employees, retirees, Affinity Groups, friends and family — “good people doing great things” — all supported by GE businesses and corporate resources. The mission of GE Volunteers is to facilitate and support volunteering activities that improve life and meet critical needs in the communities where GE people live and work around the world. These activities are carried out through a wide range of projects in the areas of health, education, the environment and community-building.

SyCom designs, delivers, and supports IT solutions that optimize business results. With offices in Richmond, Roanoke, Virginia Beach, Vienna, and Huntington, WV, their focus is primary the mid-Atlantic with national delivery capability. With more than $70 million in revenue, they are one of the largest systems integrators on the east coast. Named "Best Place to Work in Richmond," SyCom is an employer of choice for the best IT talent in the region. More than 70% of their engineers have an average of 12 years of experience—underlying their commitment to provide sage advice their clients can trust. SyCom is a Cisco Gold Partner and sells and supports the entire Cisco product line including routers, switches, wireless, collaboration and security products. These solutions include the Cisco ASA with SourceFire, Meraki Wireless and Cisco UCS product lines. This year is SyCom's 20th anniversary. It is also SyCom and Cisco's second year as sponsors for TALON 540.

mindsensors.com is the designer and maker of custom sensors, multiplexers, and several devices for hobby robotics. mindsensors.com offers mentorship in programming, electrical, and sensors for TALON 540. Our mentors from mindsensors.com, Mr. Deepak Patil & Dr. Natin Patil, have provided important guidance to the programming team. mindsensors has supported our team for seven years.

Vuzix Corporation is an award winning, leading developer and supplier of smart glasses and video eyewear products in the consumer, enterprise and industrial markets. The company’s products include personal display devices that offer users a high quality portable viewing experience. These mobile devices provide solutions for wearable displays, as well as virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds over 41 patents and 10 additional patents pending. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a NASDAQ listed company (VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan. Vuzix supported our team in the 2016 competition season by generously donating a pair of their M100 Smart Glasses.

An anonymous donor under the name of George P. Burdell chose to support TALON 540 as it represents engineering excellence and tradition. Many in the engineering community will instantly recognize it for the spirit, community, and pride that it embodies. To this donor, TALON 540 reflects engineering diligence while maintaining a sense of humor. We are grateful for his support.

Piedmont Plastics is a premier distributor of plastic sheets across the United States. They strive to provide consistently strong service while being environmentally responsible, by reducing resource consumption and waste generation. Bill Bradford (sales division) assists TALON 540 by donating Lexan plastic sheets for our competition & prototype robots, as well as providing knowledge to the team. Piedmont Plastics as been supporting our team for three years.

Century Construction Company is a general contractor specializing in new commercial building construction, building additions, renovations and tenant up-fit projects. In addition, Century offers pre-construction services in order to provide the owner with a quality project while maintaining a fixed budget. Talon 540 would like to thank Century Construction for their gracious donation.

The Henrico Education Foundation Inc. has established itself as the vehicle for individuals and businesses to support public education in Henrico County, Virginia. By providing an opportunity for community participation in the school system, positive and enriching relationships continue to develop between the corporate sector and Henrico schools. The Foundation strives to link educators and students with financial resources in order to bring the school division to an even higher level of excellence. They have provided financial assistance for seven years allowing us to be able to compete at the local and world championship level. 

Richmond Consulting Group is a maritime consultant firm resolving technical management and manufacturing challenges involving Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. Mr. Bruce Woodruff provides us with financial assistance. The Richmond Consulting Group has supported our team for seven years.

TALON 540 would also like to thank several generous individual donors who wished to remain anonymous. Their contributions went miles towards a successful robot and a successful year for community outreach.

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