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Advanced Manufacturing Training Center

South Arkansas Community College - SouthArk’s East Campus.


Information about the Charles A. Hays Advanced Manufacturing Training Center:


  • The facility will be more than 14,000 square feet, including a 4,500-square-foot covered bay.
  • The facility will have training space for advanced welding, process technology, industrial technology-mechatronics, industrial safety and rail-car and tanker loading, among others.
  • It will be utilized both for credit programs and non-credit programs.
  • The federal Economic Development Administration granted nearly $790,000 to the project.
  • Designed by El Dorado’s CADM Architecture, the facility is forecast to be complete in time for use in the spring 2018 semester. Dayco General Contractors of Damascus won the bid for construction of the project.
  • The facility will bear the name of the late Charles A. Hays, founder of The Systems Group, an industrial construction, maintenance and fabrication business headquartered in El Dorado. The Systems Group pledged $250,000 in Hays’ memory to help fund the project.



The Advanced Manufacturing Training Center is currently under construction.

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