Gateway Technical College’s $6.5 million project to expand the SC Johnson Integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Center in Sturtevant is on schedule is and expected to be completed in time for the start of fall semester classes in August.
Bill Whyte, Gateway’s senior vice president of operations, said Thursday that despite some early delays, the project is on schedule.
“We are pleased with the progress that is being made,” he said.
Plans call for the addition of a two-story, 13,000 square-foot training facility that will nearly double the size of the existing building and will feature new classrooms, offices, several dedicated laboratories and a smart manufacturing facility.
It will be designed to house the new concept of smart manufacturing known as Industry 4.0, which uses robotics, automated data exchange, cyber-physical systems and cognitive computing.
The expansion project is being undertaken to accommodate training programs for Foxconn Technology Group and other emerging industrial companies in the region that has been dubbed Wisconn Valley.
Foxconn has already committed $100 million for training initiatives at the facility. It also has several other corporate sponsors, including Amatrol, Rockwell Automation, Siemans, Fanuc Robotics America, Snap-on Inc. and Trane Corp.
Thursday, Michael Kopper, the founder and chief executive officer of Centrisys and his wife Michele Whitfield donated $2.85 million to provide scholarships and other types of educational and training support for programs that will be taught there.