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Manufacturer Haas Automation opens showroom at Linn State

Linn State Technical College hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) Showroom on Friday, November 19.

The showroom which is a part of Linn State’s Machine Tool Technology program is one of only three such showrooms in Missouri.  The new center is the result of a partnership between Linn State and Haas Automation, an industry leader in CNC machinery manufacturing.  

“Our company prides itself in the partnerships we have with schools,” said Brian Cregg, Vice President of Haas Factory Outlet.  “Linn State Technical College is no exception.  The college has something to be proud of here.”

The HTEC allows Linn State machine tool technology students the opportunity to learn on state-of-the-art equipment being used in the workplace. 

 According to Linn State President Dr. Donald Claycomb, the private-public sector partnership has a potential to be very beneficial to both sectors.  “Partnering with Haas Automation is making the machine tool program at Linn State more effective in preparing students and more appealing to prospective students,” said Claycomb.

“The hope is that students trained on Haas equipment will want to work on Haas equipment when they are out in the industry,” said Kevin Piedimonte, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  “Basically we are training students to buy Haas.”

“The HTEC showroom certainly increases our presence in the area,” said Piedimonte.  “I can bring prospective customers to the showroom here at Linn State and they can see students working on the machines firsthand.”

The showroom includes entrusted equipment from Haas with an estimated value of $380,000 to Linn State.  In addition to the entrusted equipment, Linn State has another $410,000 invested in Haas Automation CNC equipment.

With more than 35 programs, Linn State Technical College is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   LSTC has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  LSTC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.    

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