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TCC renames manufacturing center for Kim B. Williams

Kim Williams 6-9-16 small.pngTallahassee, Fla. (June 9, 2016) – Tallahassee Community College has renamed its Advanced Manufacturing Training Center for Kim B. Williams, president of Marpan supply and recycling company and a long-time TCC supporter.

 

At a renaming event held today, representatives of the College described Williams’ commitment to economic and workforce development over the many decades he has been a business leader in North Florida.

 

“When I think of economic development in this community, I hear Kim Williams’ name,” said Jim Murdaugh, TCC president. “Generations of people will come through this building, and Kim’s name will always be at the center of this conversation.”

 

Attendees included Chris Eldred, CEO of TeligentEMS, who spoke about the growing demand for employees with highly specialized skills in processes such as robotic assembly. He said that the training AMTC provides allows TeligentEMS and other manufacturing businesses to compete globally.

 

Kim B. Williams was a leader of the original private/public partnership that created the manufacturing center in 2010. He is also an alumnus of TCC, having attended the College in the 1970s.

 

The Kim B. Williams Advanced Manufacturing Training Center provides training for high-skill and emerging manufacturing processes. The 24,000-square-foot facility also offers customized training and an incubator/process development area for new and existing businesses.

 

Attendees at the renaming event toured the AMTC and enjoyed demonstrations of equipment used in programs such as computer numerical control machining and computer-aided design. Many guests also tried out the AMTC’s welding simulator.

 

Williams and the two other members of the Pensacola Street Partners group, William E. Boyette, chair of construction company PSBI, and architect Kenneth A. Sweeney, recently made a gift valued at $1 million to boost TCC’s advanced manufacturing programs. The gift is part of the TCC Foundation’s “TCC. We Rise.” campaign.

 

“Having worked on this project from the outset and walked through the building when it was an abandoned warehouse, and now to see the wonderful classrooms and training space in the building, it makes me really proud,” said Williams. “There’s no building that I’d more appreciate having named after me.”

 

For information, contact Heather Mitchell at (850) 201-6067 or MITCHELH@tcc.fl.edu.

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