The AMETEK Foundation donated $10,000 to equip SUNY Broome’s new high-tech soldering lab, which will be part of the new Paul & Mary Calice and Mildred Barton Advanced Manufacturing Center.
On Dec. 14, the Broome Community College Foundation representatives and college officials visited AMETEK Inc. in the Town of Union to accept the donation on the Foundation’s behalf.
“We deeply appreciate AMETEK’s donation to the BCC Foundation. It will make a world of difference when it comes to outfitting our new soldering lab,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm. “Partnerships with our local employers are so essential in fostering a trained local workforce, which in turn helps foster a more prosperous Southern Tier.”
The college and the aerospace firm have partnered through the years in various ways, including workforce development.
“We’re always trying to work closely with them to ensure that we have skilled people in the area, and one of the things we have always struggled with is skilled solderers,” explained Sue Gorman, Director of Human Resources at AMETEK.
AMETEK employees cheered the announcement of the donation and the creation of the high-tech soldering lab, which also received funding from Empire State Development.
The new Calice Manufacturing Center is slated for completion in the summer of 2018. The $12.5 million project will transform the Mechanical Building, one of the first to be built on campus in 1956, and connect it with the adjacent Business Building via an airy atrium. In addition to the soldering lab, amenities will include a clean room, a green-energy geothermal system that will heat and cool the building, along with solar collectors, and laboratories for advanced manufacturing, fermentation, food processing, drafting, surveying, soil mechanics, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.
“Thank you so much for supporting this effort,” said Janet Hertzog, SUNY Broome’s Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. “We’re really looking forward to the next steps.”