March 5, 2007

Workforce Technology Center Celebrates Year at Hub of Employee Training

The Workforce Technology Center — a $7.5 million 38,154-square-foot workforce training facility located at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis ai??i?? marks its first birthday this month. A ai???one-stop shopai??? for automotive and technical training in Crittenden County, the building contains $1.5 million worth of equipment, including robotics, welding and programmable logic controlsai??i?? all in use by area students and residents preparing for todayai??i??s sophisticated manufacturing jobs.

Local automotive manufacturer Hino Motors Manufacturing USA Inc. played a critical role in the development of the curriculum at the Center, which has contributed significantly to a local workforce trained to the specifications of any manufacturing company that wants to move into the area.

Mid-South Community College students ai??i?? as well as local high school juniors and seniors ai??i?? have spent a year developing the initial skills that can make them quick-learning and effective manufacturing employees. ai???MSCC has long supported West Memphis industry with invaluable custom training,ai??? said Ward Wimbish, director of economic development for West Memphis. ai???The stream of manufacturing students coming out of the WTCai??i??s training programs is already making us a more attractive and competitive location for international companies.ai???

West Memphis, Arkansas, is a home to industrial parks, distribution centers, and raw property that make prime locations for corporations looking to open a new distribution centers, processing centers, or manufacturing facilities. These properties are convenient to intermodal rail yards, major interstate highway access, deepwater river ports, a major cargo airport, and a MSA population of more than 1 million. Relocating and expanding companies can get vital site selection data and incentive information about these promising locations from West Memphis Economic Development.