On Tuesday, June 22, 2010, Alabama Governor Bob Riley helped break ground on Phase II of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park being built across from Calhoun Community College in Decatur.
The robotics complex will consist of three separate facilities, each targeted to meet a specific industry need, and provide training for about 500 each year in robotics.
“Just think of the advantages this Robotics Technology Park will give us in the competition for new industries and jobs. We’ll be able to go to advanced high-tech industries with a unique selling point: a workforce trained in robotics,” said Governor Riley.
Phase II of the complex is the 30,000 square foot Advanced Research and Technology Center, designed for robotics research and development. It will feature a test facility for companies in the robotics manufacturing industry and will be used by NASA and the U.S. Army Missile Command for the research, development and testing of leading edge robotics. The structure will have appropriate infrastructure to support these activities and substantial outdoor areas for testing in a variety of environments.
“This Phase II facility is the next crucial step in this extraordinary path to further transform Alabama. The impact of this Robotics Park will be far reaching and will have a dramatic effect on continued economic development growth for years,” said Ed Castile, Director of Alabama Industrial Development Training.
Groundbreaking for Phase I, the 68,000 square foot Robotic Maintenance and Training Center, took place in December and the facility is scheduled for opening in September.
Phase III, the Integration and Entrepreneurial Center, will allow companies to build and adapt robots for new industries. Start up plants will be able to set up manufacturing lines in the center to integrate software and equipment, test systems and train maintenance and production staff. Groundbreaking for Phase III has not yet been scheduled.
When completed, the Robotics Technology Park will make Alabama the nation’s leader in robotics workforce development and research, Governor Riley said.
For more information on the Alabama Robotics Technology Park and to see photos of its construction, please visit http://www.alabamartp.org/