This week, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell helped unveil a research facility at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). The facility, based in Prince George County, will house research projects in surface engineering and manufacturing systems, and help grow high-skilled jobs in the state.
CCAM’s new facility will be the headquarters for research projects for almost 50 students from local universities, including Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, and Virginia State University. According to CCAM, the interns will work with industry experts from various research areas.
According to Mfgnewsweb, officials from the organization’s founding companies, including Canon Virginia, Chromalloy, Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, and Siemens, will collaborate with the three universities to oversee CCAM’s development and assist with outreach to other companies.
Core goals of the CCAM are to help lower research costs for companies and accelerate high-tech research. The effort will involve training the next generation of leaders, who will play a role in influencing K-12 students, according to CCAM’s chairman of the board of directors, Armand F. Lauzon Jr., in a TimesDispatch report.
“Today’s opening of the CCAM research facility marks a pivotal moment for America’s global competitiveness,” said Governor McDonnell at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Noted McDonnell: “Companies that take the important step to join the CCAM research center in the Commonwealth of Virginia become partners of a one-of-a-kind asset in the U.S., one that drives competitive advantage in the rapidly-transforming advanced manufacturing segment of our nation’s economy…The innovations produced at CCAM are cutting-edge, and the new facility will further Virginia as a hub for advanced manufacturing technology and high-skilled jobs in the 21st Century.”
For more information on the facility, see CCAM’s announcement here.
Developing and keeping manufacturing jobs in the state is a current focus of McDonnell. The governor also announced that, with assistance from the state and local authorities, medical manufacturer Hollister will be expanding its Augusta County facility and secure 100 jobs there, as reported by IMT Career Journal’s sister publication, IMT Machining Journal.