Education The Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining is open! Ribbon Cutting at Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining From left, Karl Stauber, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Gene Haas, Betty Jo Foster, Former Sen. Charles Hawkins, Rep. Danny Marshall, and Mayor Sherman Saunders We have to have the best workforce if we’re going to recruit those businesses to our communities. Workforce development and advanced manufacturing are the two pillars of building that 21st century economy,” McAuliffe said. Gene Haas thanks teachers: “The investments of money don’t compare to the teachers & people who invest their time with students. About manufacturing he continues…“It’s a great profession. There’s a huge demand for manufacturing in this country and there’s a lot of job openings. And most of the jobs are very high paying. Typical jobs are $30-100,000 a year. It’s not uncommon for someone as a machinist to make over $50-60,000 a year. They’re very local jobs. They don’t necessarily require that you have to move to a different part of the state or city. They can be done here,” Haas explained. He was impressed to hear the transformation weathered by the Dan River Region and the state at large, losing tobacco, textile and furniture industries one after the other. “Going from an agricultural community to a manufacturing environment is really a quantum leap but on an acre of land you can get so much for a crop. If you’re growing corn, you may get a few dollars a bushel but if you take that same piece of land and you start manufacturing things, now you’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars,” he said. With a $1 million Gene Haas Foundation endowment, a $1.9 million Danville Regional Foundation grant , the center is state-of-the-art facility. “This is exactly the type of partnership we need in Virginia. @GovernorVA at Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining” “What is in that building is truly a game-changer for Virginia.” @GovernorVA at the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining “I know Southern Virginia has the talent to build the advanced products of the future of the 21st century and the new Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining will provide the training to turn that talent into a highly skilled workforce that every CEO demands,” In Virginia more than 930,000 workers will retire in the next 10 years with an additional 500,000 jobs needing to be filled, McAuliffe stated. About half of those will be specialized, technical, skilled jobs that are accessible only with licenses, apprenticeships, credentials or other types of certificates. This center truly helps us go leaps and bounds above others.” @GovernorVA at the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining Students ready to roll Future Students Gene Haas with Governor of Virginia the honorable Terence R. McAuliffe Haas Automation 41 car bore announced at the grant at the Richmond Race and proceeded to win the race!!