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Haas Automation Invests in the Future of Manufacturing

In the summer of 2014 ground was broken for the Gene Haas Training and Education center in Lebanon, Indiana. The training center will offer a 16-week intensive training program to initiate new people in the skills needed for CNC-manufacturing. The training center was made possible by a donation of 1.5 million dollars from the Gene Haas Foundation. Gene Haas, the owner and founder of Haas Automation: “This is part of our commitment over the past decade to help train better qualified workers, especially CNC machinists, which in turn supports manufacturing in this country.”


On Friday May 15 the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining opened in Danville Virginia. The training lab provides a high-tech learning environment for students who have completed the Integrated Machining Technology Program at Danville Community College. The Gene Haas Foundation contributed 1 million dollars to the training center. Gene Haas: “There’s a huge demand for manufacturing skills in this country and there’s a lot of job openings. Most of the jobs are very high paying. They’re also local jobs; they don’t necessarily require that you have to move to a different part of the state or city.”


In addition to supporting skills training in North-America, the Gene Haas Foundation donated $250.000 to schools in Europe in 2014 and will donate over $400.000 to schools in Europe this year.

This money will be used to make CNC-learning financially viable to more students and to make a career in manufacturing more attractive. It will allow schools to buy small equipment and study books. It can also be used to make students more aware of the huge and exciting possibilities within manufacturing through financing of field trips to industry fairs and factories.