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The $20M Center for Advanced Manufacturing is scheduled to open in August 2022.
Rendering provided by Ozarks Technical Community College
The $20M Center for Advanced Manufacturing is scheduled to open in August 2022.

OTC hires CNH manager to lead manufacturing center

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Ahead of the expected August 2022 opening of the $20 million Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Ozarks Technical Community College hired its leader.

Robert Randolph, who for the past seven years has served as manufacturing engineer manager for CNH Industrial Reman, is scheduled to start at OTC on June 3, according to a news release.

“We were looking for someone who could speak the language of manufacturing and understand the needs of employers,” OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon said in the release. “In Robert, we’ve found the perfect fit of someone who not only knows the industry, but is also familiar with the local manufacturing environment.”

At OTC, Randolph will be responsible for developing partnerships with business, community and government officials and creating programs and courses leading up to the Center for Advanced Manufacturing launch that’s still three years away. He’ll earn a starting salary of $100,000, said OTC spokeswoman Laura French.

The OTC Board of Trustees approved Randolph’s hiring at its meeting yesterday. He’s slated to lead technical education implementation and operations management of the center when it opens, according to the release.

“Southwest Missouri has never had a facility like the Center for Advanced Manufacturing,” Randolph said in the release. “I look forward to serving as a bridge between employers and the institution that educates the next generation of workers. I’m excited to get in on the ground floor of this project.”

Randolph has been involved at OTC on the advisory committee for a technology program in precision machining, and he also assisted in curriculum development for the community college’s remanufacturing courses.

At CNH, Randolph is in charge of the manufacturing engineering, maintenance and salvage departments, and he also oversees equipment repair and grounds maintenance for the entire facility at 2707 N. Farm Road 123, according to the release.

He previously worked as a manufacturing engineer at Tuthill Vacuum & Blower Systems, as well as a project engineer at Yarbrough Industries.

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