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$5.5 million gem
Motlow awarded state grant to construct robotics center
Pictured is a proposed sketch of the advanced robotics center to be constructed in McMinnville next to Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The facility is being fully funded by a state grant.
The dream of an advanced robotics training facility in McMinnville as grand as any in the nation will become a reality.On Wednesday, Gov. Bill Haslam announced a $5.5 million grant for Motlow State Community College to fund the project in its entirety.It’s touted as a training center that will attract visitors from across the Southeast and beyond as robots become a focal point in the manufacturing process. Long a part of automotive manufacturing, robots are now being used in food processing, healthcare, road construction, even casket production.“Our future looks brighter because of this new opportunity,” said McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley.Added Director of Schools Bobby Cox, “It’s a great day to be alive in McMinnville.”According to preliminary design plans, it will be a 12,500-square-foot facility that has five classrooms.