Butler Tech celebrated the remodel of the Precision Machining lab at the D. Russel Lee building with a ribbon-cutting event on Friday, October 16, 2020. The ceremony highlighted the renovation and addition of numerous cutting-edge manufacturing machines, placing Butler Tech’s students at the forefront of this in-demand industry.
Members of the Fairfield Township Chamber of Commerce, Business Advisory Council, local and state representatives, and members of the Butler Tech Board of Education attended the ceremony.
Ohio State Representative George Lang praised Butler Tech’s proactive approach to manufacturing education as a model.“What Butler Tech does with mastery, is they reach out to the manufacturing companies and ask what they should be teaching in order to secure success both for the student and the company in both the short term and long term,” said Lang.
The new lab reflects Butler Tech’s goal of using a space that engages students while providing today’s manufacturing tools. The renovation includes four new ProtoTrak K3 KMX Mills, two additional ProtoTrak 1440 EX Lathes, a new Haas TM-2P CNC Mill, and a Haas TL-2 CNC Lathe. Upgrades were also made to electric and airdrops as well as newly painted walls and floors.
“The new lab and additional industry-leading equipment is a win for Butler Tech’s students and all of the precision machining businesses in the area. You can’t train the manufacturers of tomorrow on the machines of the past,” explained Tim Waldron, General Manager of General Tool.