Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining Opens in Virginia
The Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, Virginia, opened Friday, May 15, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Attendees included Haas Automation, Inc. founder Gene Haas, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, among others.
The Gene Haas Foundation provided a $1 million endowment to fund the project. The Danville Regional Foundation also provided a $1.9 million grant, and Haas Automation donated $650,000 worth of Haas machines. Additional funding was provided by private sector donors.
The center, a partnership between IALR and Danville Community College, is designed to offer third-year integrated machining technology students the opportunity to use state-of-the-art equipment, better preparing students for the real-world manufacturing environment they'll face upon graduation.
During the ceremony, Mr. Haas discussed the importance of growing a skilled workforce, and the benefits of pursuing a job in the manufacturing industry. Gov. McAuliffe echoed Haas' remarks, citing the importance of workforce development and advanced manufacturing in Southern Virginia.
Click here to watch the entire ribbon cutting ceremony on the IALR website.