SMS group supports college in USA creating the “Arkansas Steelmaking Academy”

North America based center for steel technology trainings to open in 2019

The Arkansas Northeastern College and SMS group agreed creating the “Arkansas Steelmaking Academy” which will begin offerings in 2019. The partnership announcement was made during a visit to the college by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. With the opening of Big River Steel, northeastern Arkansas has one of the highest regional concentrations of steel making in the United States. Steelmaking companies with opererations in this area include Nucor Steel, Big River Steel, Tenaris, TMK-IPSCO and others.  Before now, the qualified steel technology training offered by SMS group has only been available in Germany.

“By partnering with SMS group, 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”, said James Shemwell, president of the college.

The Arkansas Steelmaking Academy will be housed in the new 8,500 square meter Center for Allied Technology currently under construction at the main campus of the college in Blytheville, Mississippi County (Arkansas, USA). By utilizing the new facility, the steelmaking academy will be located in a world-class complex featuring technologically-equipped classrooms and hands-on training laboratories for steel technology. The Center for Allied Technology is slated to open in August. Arkansas Northeastern College is currently one of very few colleges in the USA offering Steel Industry Technology programs and the only one in Arkansas.

James Shemwell, Asa Hutchinson, Dough Dunworth

From left to right: Dr. James Shemwell, President of the Arkansas Northeastern College; Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas and Doug Dunworth, President and CEO, SMS group North America


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