In May, Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Southeastern Advanced Molding Technology Education Center (SAMTEC). Luminaries present included Carlos Vasto, general manager of Linamar; Michael Edney, chair of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners; Molly Parkhill, president of BRCC; and Will Buie, chair of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development. SAMTEC will train Linamar employees in the art of high-pressure die casting to facilitate the company’s production of lightweight aluminum magnesium parts for power trains and other applications. The facility will also provide training for plastic molding at at least a half dozen area factories. SAMTEC was made possible by a $550,000 Economic Catalyst grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation and $80,000 from the North Carolina Community College System Customized Training Program. Georg Fischer, Linamar, and their suppliers donated or provided at a discount most of the program’s equipment, which is valued at over $2 million. Located in the Advanced Technology Building, SAMTEC will draw on the talents of faculty in the mechatronics, computer integrated machining, welding, and engineering technology disciplines. Two faculty members traveled to Austria and Switzerland for specialized training on the equipment.