Many of the world’s biggest music stars left the Grammy Awards in January with some nice hardware in their hands. But while only the winners took home a Grammy, all of the nominees took home an item made by a Pittsburg State student.
Pitt State senior and Chillicothe, Mo., native Tyler Dietzschold made 250 metal bottle openers that were included in the gift bags that all Grammy nominees received at this year’s award show. The bottle openers were made using the new wax injection machine recently donated to Pitt State by MPI.
The opportunity came about when Rachel Ropp, wife of PSU graduate Trenton Ropp, was invited to showcase her furniture restoration business, Revamp & Revive, at the Grammy Awards vendors exhibit.
“As a vendor, I had the opportunity to include an item in the goodies bag for all of the stars,” Ropp said. “I wasn’t really sure what to do, but I knew about my husband’s experience at Pitt State and the university’s wonderful technology center.”
Dietzschold said he couldn’t pass up the project.
“I really couldn’t imagine saying no to something like this,” he said. “It’s a bit stressful because of the amount and the tight deadline, but it’s for the Grammy’s. I mean, how often do college students get a chance like that?”
One side of the bottle opener bore the split-face gorilla logo of Pittsburg State, and the other side bore the Grammy Awards logo.
“One of my friends saw the mold and asked why I was making something with the Grammy’s logo on it,” Dietzschold said. “It was cool to be able to say, ‘Well, because it’s for the Grammy’s.’”