SMS Group, a plant supplier to the metals industry, is partnering with Arkansas Northeastern College to create the Arkansas Steelmaking Academy.
The academy in Osceola will help North American steel companies to train team members in cutting edge techniques in steelmaking and processing. Currently, training by SMS has only been available in Germany. The new facility will allow companies to save the cost of overseas travel by providing a local option for SMS TECademy training.
Arkansas was chosen because of its location in a prime steelmaking region that hosts Big River Steel, Nucor, Tenaris and TMK-IPSCO.
“By partnering with SMS group, the Arkansas Northeastern College can become a satellite training hub for North America as a cost effective way to gain knowledge of cutting edge techniques in steelmaking and processing.,” said James Shemwell, president of Arkansas Northeastern College.
The Arkansas Steelmaking Academy will be housed in the college’s Center for Allied Technology currently under construction. By utilizing the new facility, the ASA will be located in a world-class complex featuring technologically-equipped seminar classrooms and hands-on training laboratories for steel technology, said SMS.
The Center for Allied Technology is slated to open in August with ASA offerings anticipated to begin in 2019.
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