RIDC is proud to welcome Westmoreland County Community College's Advanced Technology Center to the RIDC Westmoreland complex. WCCC held a groundbreaking and dedication Friday at the new facility. RIDC's Vice President of Development, Tim White was one of several speakers who addressed the crowd of approximately 200 people that included educators, stakeholders, and governmental officials.
Since July 2013, the WCCC team has transformed this 72,000 square-foot piece of the former Sony plant into a truly state-of-the-art facility. Located in the same building as several large-scale manufacturers, the Advanced Technology Center will also offer benefits to both students and companies as they collaborate on training programs. According to WCCC, the Advanced Technology Center will offer education and training for students and incumbent workers in:
- Energy technologies
- Design technologies
- Machining and Fabrication
- Additive Manufacturing
- Green/Sustainable Technologies
The RIDC Westmoreland complex is being transformed by RIDC from a single-user manufacturing building that previously held Volkwagen and Sony to a multi-tenant manufacturing complex. This model provides the local community with more job stability and less vulnerability to changes in one firm's location and hiring decisions. The 2.8 million square foot facility already has three large-scale manufacturing tenants in addition to the Advanced Technology Center.