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Ole Miss Names New Center After Ex-Governor Barbour

By Sandra Knispel | Published 19 Oct 2012 10:06am | comments

Headline: Ole Miss Names Manufacturing Center After Ex Gov. Barbour

Former Governor Haley Barbour is being honor for attracting thousands of manufacturing jobs to MS, including Toyota and its suppliers. Yesterday, the University of Mississippi named its Center for Manufacturing Excellence after the 63rd governor. MPB’s Sandra Knispel reports.

Originally established in 2008 to prepare for Toyota’s arrival in northeast Mississippi, the center combines the university’s schools of Engineering, Business Administration and Accountancy, plus the College of Liberal Arts. Yesterday its brand new building right off the circle near the Lyceum was named in honor of  former Governor Haley Barbour .

“This center, however, is about strengthening the pipeline of highly skilled workers, managers, executives. Our K-12 schools prepare our greater workforce to learn skills and go to work, or to go on to higher education, to come here. Our institutions of higher learning must prepare our best students for careers across the spectrum – and that includes manufacturing.”

The building’s first floor includes a 12,000-square foot factory floor to give students experience in working with various factory equipment. Additionally, the center boast the state’s largest rooftop solar panel array, which means it can produce much of the energy needed for its operations.

Sandra Knispel, MPB News, Oxford.

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