ELLESVILLE, MS – Government, industry and education officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate a new partnership between Mississippi’s Haas Factory Outlet, (A Division of Machine Tools, LLC), and Jones County Junior College’s Precision Machining and Manufacturing program. The partnership includes the consigned of 3 state-of-the-art Haas CNC machine tools, as well as a substantial investment to update and improve the teaching conditions inside JCJC’s machine lab. In exchange, the machine lab at JCJC will act as a new Tech Center for Mississippi’s Haas Factory Outlet.
“Great things are happening in Jones County because of partnerships like this. If you don’t think we can build it you need to come see this place,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. “We (JCJC) want to be a benefit to our community and certainly to corporations that are willing to come in and invest in Jones and in this part of the country.”
Preparing for upgrades to JCJC’s machine lab, HFO – Machine Tools’ Service Manager, Clayton Phillips and JCJC Precision Manufacturing and Machining instructor Chase Elmore spent the summer cleaning, painting, rewiring and moving old machines. In total an investment of just over $50,000 was made to improve the teaching environment of the lab prior to installing the 3 Haas consigned machines, worth an estimated $300,000. The machines added to JCJC’s lab including a Haas DT-1 drill/tap center, Haas VF-3-YT/50 taper vertical machining center and a Haas ST-30Y multitasking CNC Lathe with Y-axis outfitted with a new Haas bar-feeder.
“I want to put JCJC on the map as the leading producer of machining students. I want to make it to where Jones is known for this program and that’s my goal. I’m going to keep working until I get there,” said Elmore.
Students at the two-year college will greatly benefit from the upgrades to the lab, as well as having their school become the new showroom for Mississippi’s Haas Factory Outlet. First and foremost, because students will gain hands-on experience using the latest CNC technology. Second, these students will be prime candidates for jobs as local manufacturers visit the showroom and see them operating the technology they purchase for their own shops.
“We’ll always make sure we have the machines with the latest, high-end, cutting-edge technology because this is a showroom for us,” explains HFO – Machine Tool’s General Manager, Patrick Kane III. He added, “We’re going to bring customers in and show them the machines and at the same time they’re going to evaluate some students. It’s a win-win for us all.”
According to Kane, HFO – Machine Tools, LLC wanted to have a showplace that tied together their commitment to industry and education in one location. JCJC offered an ideal location and ample space. With the recent renovation and upgrades, they feel confident that customers will find the showroom inviting when they visit for training classes or to see the latest Haas technology performing live-cutting demonstrations.
Earlier in the year, JCJC received some great press from hosting the first Mississippi regional HTEC (Haas Technical Education Center) educator’s conference in May. JCJC also received $15,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation to support student scholarships and reinstating the NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) credentials into the program. JCJC is now actively engaged in the HTEC Network – an industry and education led initiative that enables manufacturing technology educators and their schools to acquire and share information on the latest technology, software, and educational materials.
“As a part of our mission as a regional Haas Factory Outlet, we are fearsly dedicated to education at all levels of learning,” States Toni Neary, Educational Director for the Haas Factory Outlets of Morris Group, Inc. “The Haas Commitment to Education is fueled by our passion to develop the next workforce.”
Also, on the equipment side of the partnership, JCJC receives free technical support from Certified Haas Technicians, access to the best machining industry resources to stay abreast of developments, and a new and strong partner to help support and enhance the program.
For more information about Haas Factory Outlet – A Division of Machine Tools, LLC visit www.hfomachinestools.com, or call 337-234-0818. For more information about Jones County Junior College visit www.jcjc.edu.
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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the partnership between Haas Factory Outlet, A Division of Machine Tools LLC, and Jones County Junior College’s Precision Machining and Manufacturing program. Pictured left to right are Laurel Machine and Foundry Company President, Trent Mulloy; Representative, Donnie Scoggin; JCJC Board of Trustees member, Carolyn Smith; JCJC Board of Trustees Vice Chair, Ann Tucker; Ellisville Mayor, Lynn Buckhaults; Haas Factory Outlet-Morris Group Director of Education, Toni Neary; JCJC Precision Manufacturing and Machining instructor, Chase Elmore; Haas Factory Outlet General Manager, Patrick Kane III; Jones County Economic Development Association President, Ross Tucker; JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith; Representative, Gary Staples; Jones County Supervisor-Beat 4, David Scruggs and JCJC Board of Trustees Treasurer, Mike Evans.