OTC’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing opens mid-August


Ozarks Technical College is in the final community weeks of the Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

On Aug. 15 — in less than five weeks — Gov. Mike Parson will join lawmakers, industry leaders, donors, and local officials for the grand opening celebration.

The event is at 10 am that day and will include tours.

“There is a lot of interest and excitement and engagement with the center, even at this point,” said Robert Randolph, executive director of the CAM, as it is called.

The $40 million project, the largest in the history of OTC, is being built at the southeast corner of the college’s Springfield campus. It sits at the intersection of National Avenue and Chestnut Expressway.

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Starting this fall, it will offer state-of-the-art training and education in robotics, fabrication, mechatronics, automation, drafting and design and 3-D printing.

The 120,000-square-foot structure is more than 500 feet long and being built in three phases, from east to west.

“We’re in multiple different phases of completion at this point,” Randolph said.

The high bay manufacturing space inside Ozarks Technical Community College's Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing on Monday, July 11, 2022. The center is nearing completion and on Aug.  15, Gov.  Mike Parson will join lawmakers, industry leaders, donors, and local officials for the grand opening celebration.

In the east end, crews are working on final pieces with a plan to move the furniture and equipment into place.

“We have actually begun the move-in process of all of our labs and furniture,” he said. “We are storing these in the high bay manufacturing space right now. As each individual lab and classroom becomes available, we’re moving into those.”

Most of the exterior work is done. On the south side, landscaping and trees are already in place.

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