ANC partners with SMS to create Arkansas Steelmaking Academy

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Pictured (from left) Arkansas Northeastern College President Dr. James Shemwell joins Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Doug Dunworth, president and CEO of SMS group United States operations, on stage Wednesday, Jan. 31, at an event to formalize the signing of an agreement between the College and the German SMS group to create the Arkansas Steelmaking Academy which will allow ANC to become its North American training hub. (photo provided)

Doug Dunworth, president and CEO of SMS group’s North American operations, met with Arkansas Northeastern College president Dr. James Shemwell and his staff Wednesday, Jan. 31, to finalize an agreement creating the Arkansas Steelmaking Academy (ASA). The partnership announcement was made during a visit to ANC by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.

SMS group prides itself on being a leading partner in the world of metals not only in North America but throughout the world. As a family-owned business headquartered in Germany, quality and innovation are staples of its work through the development of individual and modular solutions – whether it is the design of a new plant, modernizations, digitalization, or life-cycle services.

SMS’s largest market is steel production. The company provides world-class new equipment and actively supports operations by devising solutions throughout the process from melting and casting to rolling and finishing.

With SMS servicing clients such as Nucor Steel, Big River Steel, Tenaris, and TMK-IPSCO locally as well as many other manufacturers across the country, it made sense for the company to consider a proposal by ANC to offer North American-based training centrally located in Arkansas.

“Heretofore, the state-of-the art steel technology training offered through the SMS TECademy has only been available in Germany,” said Shemwell. “By partnering with SMS, the Arkansas Northeastern College can become a satellite training hub for North America as a cost effective way to gain knowledge of cutting edge techniques in steelmaking and processing.”

The agreement between ANC and SMS group will allow companies to save the costs of overseas travel by providing a local option for the renowned TECademy training.

Dunworth echoes Dr. Shemwell’s sentiments. “We are both pleased and excited about this partnership between ANC and SMS group. Not only will this help our customer base in North America but the ASA can be a launching point in training the future generations of steelworkers with knowledge in the latest technology in steelmaking and processing.”

The Arkansas Steelmaking Academy will be housed in the College’s 90,000 square foot Center for Allied Technologies currently under construction. By utilizing the new facility, the ASA will be located in a world-class complex featuring technologically-equipped seminar classrooms and hands-on training laboratories for steel technology. The Center for Allied Technology is slated to open in August with ASA offerings anticipated to begin in 2019. Arkansas Northeastern College is currently one of very few colleges in the nation offering Steel Industry Technology programs and the only one in the state.

Shemwell noted, “We were proud to have Governor Hutchinson, a champion for economic development in Arkansas, present for today’s unveiling of ASA. The agreement with our SMS colleagues announced today will advance ANC’s capacity as providers of steel technology training to the next level, a global level.”

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