CCTC’s AMTTC Hosts Grand Opening
Central Carolina Technical College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center Hosts Grand Opening
Sumter, S.C. – Central Carolina Technical College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Training Center, a state-of-the-art industrial training center for training applicants and employees
of Continental Tire the Americas in association with readySC (a division of the SC Technical
College System), had its grand opening on Thursday, October 15 at 10 a.m.
A number of local and state officials, faculty and staff members, and representatives from
Continental Tire the Americas and readySC attended the event at the Broad Street location. Also,
in attendance were Representative Murrell Smith, R-Sumter; Senator Thomas McElveen, DSumter;
CCTC Area Commission Chairman Mac Summers; Craig Baartman, Continental Tire
the Americas Manager; Neyle Wilson, Horry Georgetown Technical College President; Eugene
Baten, Sumter County Council Member; Chris Hardy, Sumter Chamber of Commerce President;
and Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen.
“The city of Sumter is proud of the small part we played in making the AMTTC a
reality,” Mayor McElveen said. “Our Legislative Delegation and the leadership at CCTC led the
way, but it required the coordinated efforts of all of Team Sumter, including the private sector,
for this important addition to our economic development package to become a reality. The
AMTTC will be a pathway to success for young and old in the Sumter area.” McElveen also
mentioned taking the next step; building a technological, industrial high school that promotes
interest and training in manufacturing career fields.
The grand opening also included a tour of the renovated 104,000 square feet building.
“This is truly an exciting day for Central Carolina Technical College,” said CCTC President Tim
Hardee. “The College has been successful for many reasons, but a lot of our success comes from
partnerships. Today we celebrate the opening of the AMTTC and recognize that it is only the
beginning; this facility will bring many opportunities and possibilities to the local community
The College has relocated and expanded its Basic and Advanced Mechatronics program
to this facility. Machining and CNC Technology and Engineering Graphics Technology
programs will be relocated in January. The AMTTC will also provide training space for other
existing and future local industries. The new facility, like the College itself, will serve students
from Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties.
Architectural design for the AMTTC was handled by architectural design firm LS3P and
the contractor for the project was Rodgers Builders.
From left to right: Craig Baartman, Continental Tire the Americas; Mitch Williams, Sumter Chamber Board of Directors Chair; Neyle Wilson, Horry Georgetown Technical College President; Represenative Murrell Smith; CCTC Area Commission Chairman Mac Summers; Mayor Joe McElveen; CTCC President Tim Hardee; Senator Thomas McElveen; Eugene Baten, Sumter County Council Member and Chris Hardy, Sumter Chamber of Commerce President