Pro Football Hall of Fame Announces Expansion/Renovation Plans – This past month, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees announced the largest expansion and renovation project in its history. The planning, design and construction will take nearly two years and will cost $23.6 million. The project has been named the “Future 50 Project” because its completion, scheduled for 2013, will coincide with the Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary. Plans for the project call for the Hall of Fame to expand from 83,000-square-feet to 124,000-square-feet. A major part of the expansion is a new 10,800-square-feet Pro Football Research and Preservation Center. Additionally, 37,000-square-feet of existing gallery space will be renovated, including a new grand entrance, lobby, and visitor orientation theater. The expansion and renovation plan also includes a new state-of-the-art, museum-quality environmental control system, a complete renovation of the exhibition galleries in the iconic two-story rotunda, new indoor and outdoor event spaces, an expanded museum retail store, new administrative office space, and enhancements to the surrounding campus. To read more details about the “Future 50 Project,” click here. To view images of the design renderings, click here.
Stark State Named Nation’s Fastest Growing Two-Year College Of 10,000+ Students – Stark State College is the nation’s fastest growing, large, public two-year college. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Stark State’s 33% increase in enrollment between the fall of 2008 and 2009 semesters topped the growth ranking of institutions of 10,000 or more students. Rankings were announced in the magazine Community College Week this past month. Overall, an analysis by the magazine shows enrollment at community and technical colleges grew 8.3% between 2008 and 2009. Four-year colleges grew less than 5% as a comparison. This past fall, Stark State’s enrollment grew another 19% over 2009. Total enrollment is now up to 14,834 credit students. Since 2003, the student population at Stark State has grown by 162%, a trend attributed to the continuous improvement of existing programs, the addition of new programs, and strong business and community partnerships. While health science remains the most popular major, new majors in emerging technologies—such as biotechnology, defense metals, geographic information systems, homeland security, fuel cells, and cyber security/computer forensics—are also driving the college’s growth. To read more about Stark State’s growth, click on this Canton Repository article.
SIFCO Industries Announces Acquisition of Alliance Company – SIFCO Industries, Inc., announced the acquisition of the forging business and related assets from T & W Forge, Inc. (TWF) located in Alliance, Ohio. The TWF forging business provides forged components on various brands and sizes of industrial gas turbine engines. TWF is known for producing high quality forged components manufactured in multiple alloys. The acquisition closed December 10, 2010, and substantially enhances SIFCO’s offering of forged components beyond the aerospace market. The CEO of SIFCO said in an interview that the TWF operation has 55 employees, all of whom will retain their jobs. The CEO also said that this acquisition, along with the recent addition of a 35,000 lb. forging hammer cell, will enable SIFCO to supply both the aerospace and power generation markets with a much larger range of product types and sizes than has been offered by either company in the past. To learn more about SIFCO and its acquisition of TWF, click on the following press release.