LEBANON -- A Vincennes University advanced manufacturing training facility is coming to Lebanon next year, city officials announced Monday, June 9, passing a variety of ordinances and resolutions to get the project started.
Lebanon Mayor Huck Lewis said he has been working on this project for more than two years. He heard through a friend that VU was interested in opening a facility like this in the northern part of the state. The university operates a similar facility in Gibson County, in conjunction with Toyota, and offers similar classes on campus, but this will be the first training facility in the northern half of the state.
"I think this is going to be a game-changer for Lebanon," Lewis said. "This is about educating our population and hopefully giving them a better way of life with the training they can get."
Lewis spent many years in machining in the aerospace industry. He knows what kind of salary people in those kinds of positions make, and he thought it would be great to bring those opportunities to Lebanon. People throughout Boone County and the surrounding region could come to Lebanon to receive this training, which would also strengthen the local workforce, possibly drawing new companies to locate in Lebanon.
"So I thought of it from an economic development standpoint, but also a workforce development standpoint," Lewis said.
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