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Hurco CNC Technology Center at Lincoln Tech Unveiled on MFG Day   

Published: 10/7/2013

​​INDIANAPOLIS—Industry and business leaders, educators, and students joined Hurco and Lincoln College of Technology Friday to commemorate Manufacturing Day with the grand opening of the Hurco CNC Technology Center at Lincoln Tech’s Indianapolis campus. Lincoln Tech’s new CNC Machining and Technology diploma program will begin November ​21 at the school’s 79th Street Campus.

 

Michael Huber, President of ​​​​the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, kicked off the October 4th event by telling attendees that partnerships between education and industry are vital in order to close the skills gap. Todd Clark, President of Lincoln College of Technology's Indianapolis Campus, cut the ribbon to officially unveil the 5,000 square foot CNC machining center equipped with 10 brand-new Hurco CNC machining centers and turning centers.


Hurco Companies, Inc. (​Nasdaq:HURC), a leader in the development and manufacture of CNC machine tools and technologies, has made a commitment to education throughout Indiana with CNC machine tools installed at Vincennes University, Purdue University, Notre Dame, and Lincoln Tech.


Greg Volovic, President of Hurco Companies, Inc., said, “Our CNC technology is extremely beneficial to the classroom environment because the integrated computer system, called the control, supports multiple ways to program parts. Today, manufacturing is about technology—it’s where skilled trades and technology meetand Hurco CNC mills and lathes provide the technology piece that increases the value and relevance of the skills students will learn.”

 

In addition to Volovic and Shaun McAlmont, CEO of Lincoln Educational Services, several business and industry leaders shared their stories to emphasize the need for more manufacturing education programs and the importance of changing misconceptions about careers in manufacturing.

 

William Turner, Director of Education and Development at Allison Transmission, said manufacturing is a technology-driven career. He told the audience that many of the employees at Allison have worked there for 30+ years and he needs to ensure there are qualified employees to the positions they will vacate in the future. Turner, who is also a school board member for the Metropolitan District of Washington Township, said a four-year bachelors degree isn’t the best path for all students and education programs that focus on middle skills are critical to the success of companies like Allison.

 

Gabe Draper, owner of Draper Manufacturing, and the President of the Indiana chapter of the National Tooling and Manufacturing Association (NTMA), said an often discussed topic at NTMA meetings is the adverse impact of the skills gap in Indiana with so few qualified machinists available. At his manufacturing facility, he has resorted to hiring some employees with no machining experience and training them on the job. In addition to their motivation, he attributes their success to the user-friendly attributes of his Hurco CNC machine tools because they have conversational programming that steps the machine operator through programming to create a part.



Brian Burton, Vice President of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, echoed the importance of manufacturing in Indiana with a few statistics: one in five Indiana residents are employed by the manufacturing sector, nearly one-third of the state’s economy is generated by the manufacturing sector, and the average total wage (wages plus benefits) for manufacturing is more than $70,000/year.

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