Bishop State Community College unveiled the Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technology this week.

The state-of-the-art facility is an 80,000-square-foot workforce training center designed to prepare students in STEM trades that are in demand among industries in southwest Alabama.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said the city is proud to have an asset that will have an immeasurable impact on the local workforce.

“From top to bottom, it replicates the tools, technology and equipment employees use on the job,” Stimpson said. “This $30 million facility is an investment in the countless young Mobilians who will find careers in some of the fastest-growing sectors of our economy.”

Stimpson said the facility would be a game changer for the region because manufacturing jobs pay an average salary of $84,000 annually in salary and benefits.

The city is one of the partners of the center.

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