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Glen Raven To Support Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School

Mayland Community College is pleased to announce that Glen Raven, Inc. has made a commitment to support the construction of Mayland's new Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School.

“Mayland Community College celebrates Glen Raven’s long history in Yancey County,” said Mayland Community College President John C. Boyd. “Glen Raven’s recent commitment will lead to the naming of the Glen Raven Classroom in the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School.”

The Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School will house equipment including multiple types of welding machines, a plasma cutter, bending machines, Solid Works programming, scanners, and a 3-D printer. Training at the facility will prepare students to sit for the American Welding Society’s national certification exam. Students will have the ability to utilize state-of-the-art equipment to develop superior design skills. Use of a 3-D printer will enable students to realize, troubleshoot, correct and build their designs.

“We believe in endless possibilities and that no idea is a bad idea,” said Glen Raven, Inc. of Burnsville’s Plant Manager Wendell Wilson. “We are always looking to the future and the needs that the future holds. We are conscious of the legacy that we as a company want to leave behind. That is why we welcomed this opportunity to make a contribution to the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School.”

In 1948, a weaving operation opened in Burnsville and focused on nylon and polyester used in a wide array of products, from luggage to sail cloth. Through the years and changing economy, Glen Raven's ability to identify and lead niche market segments contributed greatly to the company’s continued success. Today, the Burnsville facility weaves fabrics used in military and fire retardant products, sail boat sails, and fabrics used in creating official American flags.

The Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School will support the continued growth and expansion of the local workforce in the manufacturing industry by providing highly trained, high-quality graduates, including welders and Associate Degree Applied Engineers.

This 13,000-square-foot facility being built at Mayland’s Yancey Learning Center will offer a degree program in Applied Engineering with skill tracks in CNC programming, machining, robotics, mechatronics and design. The facility will also provide advanced training in welding and basic blacksmithing.

The Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School is expected to be complete in 2014.


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