Upcoming Manufacturing Workshops

MU Manufacturing Connection Event

Mid-Missouri manufacturers are invited to a special Manufacturer Connection Event!

DATE: August 16, 2022
TIME: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
LOCATION: W1004 MU Engineering Lafferre Hall
416 S 6th St
Columbia, MO 65202


  • Meet MU faculty and leadership in engineering – hear about senior design projects and how your company can participate and benefit 
  • Learn about available resources, such as Engineering Technical Services, the Midwest IAC, and the Materials Science and Engineering Institute 
  • Tour MU College of Engineering’s exciting research labs, including 3-D Printing, the Additive Manufacturing Lab, and the future Manufacturing Teaching Lab 
  • Connect with employer relations to get involved in career fairs, job boards, and other ways to reach students who could become future employees 
  • Hear from MU Extension staff on an Economic Development Administration (EDA) funded project – the Partnership to Enhance Innovation, Resilience and Agility in Missouri’s Manufacturers – and available funding for company-specific projects 
  • Discuss your feedback for topics/questions for future virtual manufacturer roundtables 

For more information or to register, please visit: https://extension.missouri.edu/events/mu-small-manufacturer-connection-event

The new $40 million Plaster Manufacturing Center at OTC (Springfield)

GRAND OPENING: Center for Advanced Manufacturing at OTC

WHAT: Grand opening event for the Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing

WHEN: Monday, August 15, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield Campus at the corner of National Avenue and Chestnut Expressway.

WHO: OTC Chancellor Dr. Hal Higdon, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, State Senator Lincoln Hough, Robert W. Plaster Foundation Representative Jason Hannasch, Plaster Family Representative Stephen Plaster, Emerson’s Keith Calhoun, OTC Board Chair Paul Sundy.

WHY: On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, voters in the OTC Taxing District approved a 5-cent property tax increase for the college. OTC promised voters that if they supported the tax, the college would, among other things, build a state-of-the-art center for advanced manufacturing. On Monday, August 15, the college will keep its promise when it opens the $40 million, 120,000 square foot Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing. The PMC will be home to several of OTC’s technical education programs, including:

  • Automation and Robotics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Drafting and Design
  • Information Technology Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Precision Machining

Additionally, 15,000 square feet of the facility are dedicated for use by industry partners.