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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Purdue Polytechnic Institute Anderson receives $500,000 donation

SMC Corporation of America, a leading global pneumatics and industrial automation components manufacturer, has made an in-kind donation to Purdue Polytechnic Institute Anderson to support its new campus under construction in Anderson, Indiana.

The in-kind donation comprises of the following pneumatic components: solenoid valves, air cylinders, air filtration equipment and refrigerated air dryers to decontaminate compressed air, for a total market value in excess of $500,000. These components will be installed in the new building’s infrastructure supplying filtered, pressurized air for the Mechatronics Lab and classrooms; other stand alone and loose components will be designated as learning tools and integrated into the Engineering Technology and Industrial Engineering Technology curricula.

“We are extremely excited about SMC’s support and donation to Purdue Polytechnic Anderson. This generous gift will provide cutting edge pneumatic equipment along with a significant amount of dedicated engineering consulting to incorporate that technology into the classrooms and labs of our new Manufacturing Technology Engineering Degree. The state of the art engineering technology lab is where students will learn both the technical and enterprise aspects of advanced manufacturing. We are pleased to name the new engineering technology lab the ‘SMC Mechatronics Laboratory’,” said Corey Sharp, Director at Purdue Polytechnic Anderson.

In 2009, SMC Corporation relocated its North American headquarters from Marion County to Noblesville, near the corner of E. 146th Street and Cumberland Road. In October 2012, it underwent another 600,000 square-foot expansion to bring the total floor space to 1.5 million square feet increasing production and engineering facilities.

“Partnering with Purdue Polytechnic Institute Anderson and the ‘Made in Anderson’ initiative is a natural extension of SMC’s commitment to support local Indiana and domestic manufacturing across all spectrums of industries from traditional manufacturing such as: automotive and food & packaging to high tech manufacturing such as: semiconductors and life sciences,” said John Halvorsen, Director of Marketing at SMC Corporation of America.

About SMC Corporation of America
SMC Corporation of America is headquartered at 10100 SMC Boulevard, Noblesville, Indiana 46060, and is a subsidiary of SMC Corporation in Japan. SMC Corporation is the world’s largest pneumatics company supporting the automation, controls and process industries with technical development centers in Japan, the U.S., Europe and China. There are sales offices in 82 countries, subsidiaries in 50 countries and factories in 28 countries.

About Purdue Polytechnic Anderson
Purdue Polytechnic Anderson offers Purdue University degrees in engineering technologies, leadership and information technology in a learn-by-doing environment. These degrees impact the local economy through student projects, community partnerships and workforce development.

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