LTC advanced manufacturing expansion begins

July 29, 2013

From sheboyganpress.com: “LTC advanced manufacturing expansion begins” — The Lakeshore Technical College building expansion and renovation project officially began when ground was broken on Thursday.

By expanding the college Flexible Training Arena and renovating the Trade and Industry building on the Cleveland campus, LTC will help fill local manufacturers’ pressing need for welders, machine tool and industrial maintenance workers while alleviating waiting lists, officials say.

The project will be completed in two phases, with Sheboygan contractor Jos. Schmitt and Sons managing the first phase. The current 18,000-square-foot Flexible Training Arena will be expanded to 32,400 square feet.

By January of 2014, the remodeling of the Trade and Industry building will begin.

Not only will the project allow for more graduates but updated equipment will train workers with the machining, welding and robotic skills that manufacturers need.

“Thanks to the support of local business and individuals, we’ve been successful in raising enough private funds to break ground,” said LTC President Michael Lanser in a news release. “Our first additional class will graduate and be employment ready by August 2014.”

Nearly $900,000 has been raised thus far as part of the first capital campaign in the college’s 100 year history. LTC hopes to raise $2.1 million in private funds to help offset the $6.1 million project and will now broaden its reach to local communities for support.

LTC announced the project in April.

“By collaborating with local business and philanthropic organizations to help fund the project, we are able to reduce public funding to the point of not requiring a referendum,” Lanser said. “It allows us to address our local manufacturers’ employment needs more quickly.”

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