Class of 2001
Both academically and athletically, Clay Brocious, a 2001 graduate, sets an
example for today's Girard School District students. During his high school
career, Clay was a member of the National Honor Society, an honor roll student,
and in the top 10% of his class. He was also presented with the Patrick R. Locco
Award as the top Erie County Technical School student in his senior year. He
participated as a Tool & Die co-op student at Matrix Tool Inc. during his junior
and senior years.
Clay was recognized as an All-County athlete in soccer all four years of his
participation, making First Team All-County as a sweeper/center back his junior
and senior years. In his senior year of football, Clay was named to both the
Associated Press Small School All-State First Team and First Team All-County
as a Punter. Upon completing high school Clay attended two years at Thiel
College where he was the first-string punter for the Tomcat football team.
Upon leaving Thiel, he began utilizing his technical skills as an employee at
Matrix Tool Inc. in Fairview where he became a journeyman toolmaker. In 2005,
Clay began his career at Northwestern Manufacturing in Lake City. Through his
18-year career there, Clay has helped the company grow significantly and has
worked on several important projects that he is very proud of. Clay was part of a
team that manufactured some of the components that capped the leaking Deep-
Water Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010. He has also
started and continues to be involved in a certified apprentice program to offer
employees who did not go to college the opportunity to get their own "degree" in
the precision machining field. In 2018, Clay became a co-owner and the Vice
President of Hyper-Tek Precision Mfg. Inc in West Springfield. Hyper-Tek is a
machine shop with a focus on medium to large quantity contract machining.
Hyper-Tek currently employs 4 full-time and 1 part-time employees.
In 2019 Clay was appointed to the position of Girard Township Supervisor, taking
the seat and finishing the term of someone that had decided to retire. In 2021,
Clay ran for and was duly elected to serve a 6-year term of his own as a Girard
Township Supervisor. He also participates as a board member of the Elk Creek
Recreation and Leisure Board. Clay is proud of the many projects they have
been able to accomplish in his time serving. Two examples that top his list are
helping to secure state and federal grant money to expand high speed internet to
unserved and underserved areas throughout the Girard School District and
Township. The other was working closely with other local municipalities on the
upcoming implementation of a Fire Tax to ensure our emergency service
providers can count on having the much needed and reliable funding to have
dependable equipment, the proper training, and shortest response time possible.
Over the past couple of years, Clay has enjoyed volunteering as a Business
Advisor for the ACES PA Business week at Girard High School where he shares
his experiences with young people that aren't sure if college is for them. His
approach with students is to help them see that hard work, honesty, and dedication to whatever they do will get them far in life regardless of what career path they may choose.
Clay and his wife, Allison, who is an Autistic support teacher for the Girard
School District, live in Girard. They have two children, Katie and Will, who are
both students and athletes of Girard School District. Along with spending time
with his family, Clay enjoys spending his free time at home on their small farm,
making hay, and raising the occasional few cows.