Timken and Stark State College Open Cutting-Edge Technology and Test Center – A collaboration between The Timken Company and Stark State College has produced the Technology and Test Center, the first testing facility of its kind in the Americas. The $14 million center on Stark State College’s North Canton campus tests ultra-large bearings systems—up to 13 feet in outside diameter—on sophisticated equipment that can simulate harsh operating conditions like those found in large multi-megawatt wind turbines. The new test facility will shorten development cycles and improve the reliability and cost-effectiveness of large rotating systems. Testing capabilities within the 18,000 square foot facility have the flexibility to focus on wind turbine applications as well as other large, rotating equipment for industries including off-shore oil rigs, mine trucks, electric shovels (in mining), steel rolling mills, cement vertical mills and hydraulic roll presses. “The partnership between Stark State College and The Timken Company marks the latest collaboration between our two institutions to create advancements in technology and industry,” said Dr. Para M. Jones, president of Stark State College. The test center also houses a classroom/lab that will be used for training Stark State students in electrical and mechanical engineering as well as alternative energy programs that include solar and wind energy, oil and gas, and fuel cells. Stark State offers associate degrees, one-year and short-term certificates in these areas. Stark State and The Timken Company teamed with the Stark Development Board and the Stark County Port Authority to create the research and teaching facility. Funding for the project came from The Timken Company ($6 million), Stark State College ($3 million, supported by $500,000 from the Timken Foundation), Ohio’s Third Frontier ($2.1 million) and the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority’s Advanced Energy Jobs Stimulus Program ($1.5 million). To learn more about the Technology and Test Center, click on this Stark State press release or this Canton Repository article.

New Building Construction at the University of Mount Union – Construction is underway for the University of Mount Union’s new Health and Medical Sciences Building. The facility will come in the form of a new building connected by a walkway to the south end of Bracy Hall along Union Avenue in Alliance. “We are excited to see the project take shape on Union Avenue and have no doubt this building will be instrumental in educating generations of future medical professionals,” said Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “Thanks to generous support from our donors, this top notch facility will allow us to continue preparing students for fulfilling careers in the medical field.” The new facility, being built by Hammond Construction, will house Mount Union’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, slated to begin this coming fall, as well as possible future health-related programs. In addition, it will become the new home to the University’s master’s program in physician assistant studies, currently located in Bracy Hall, which enrolls more than 60 students and welcomed its fifth cohort in May. With a projected cost of $12.5 million, the Health and Sciences Building will include an operating simulation room, exam rooms, skill labs, a conference room, tiered and regular classrooms, expansion space, a courtyard and faculty offices. To learn about more construction projects on campus, click on this University of Mount Union press release.

Akron-Canton Airport Celebrates Opening of New Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facility – On May 31, Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) celebrated the grand opening of its aircraft rescue and firefighting/operations facility (ARFF). The new building houses airport operations, field maintenance and firefighting departments. It is also part of CAK 2018, the airport’s 10-year, $110 million capital improvement plan. The $8.9 million building took approximately one year to build. The new 35,000 square foot ARFF facility is located closer to the airfield midpoint, improving our emergency response and snow removal response times. Features of the new building include a spacious snow removal equipment area (allowing for more equipment under one roof); a new fire truck bay featuring larger lockers and additional storage space; a larger brighter operations center featuring state-of-the-art weather and flight monitoring equipment; more efficient lighting; and new male and female dormitories. Funding sources for the new building include federal airport improvement funds (AIP), passenger facility charges (PFCs) and airport operating revenue. To learn more about the grand opening celebration, click on this Akron-Canton Airport press release.


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