January 22, 2016

Contact: Amy Hewes

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cal Poly to Dedicate Advanced Manufacturing Facilities Jan. 25

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will dedicate two manufacturing labs in recognition of Haas Automation and the Gene Haas Foundation at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in the courtyard next to the Brown Engineering Building (No. 41). Tours will follow the dedication ceremony.

The facilities being dedicated include the Haas Netshape Laboratory and the Haas Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. These will be the second and third labs named in Haas’ honor at Cal Poly.

Haas Automation, which has earnings of more than $1 billion a year, is one of the largest builders of CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines in the world. For more than 27 years, the company and the foundation have served as leaders in helping to build Cal Poly’s manufacturing engineering program. In addition to lab support, Haas has made contributions that include funding, scholarships, equipment, in-kind donations, and support for student projects.

The ceremony will include Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong; Gene Haas, president and founder of Haas Automation; representatives of the Gene Haas Foundation; College of Engineering Dean Debra Larson; and manufacturing engineering students and faculty.

What: Haas Laboratory Dedication

When: Monday, Jan. 25
11-11:45 a.m. – Dedication Ceremony
11:45-12:30 p.m. – Lab Tours

Where: Grant M. Brown Engineering Building (No. 41), courtyard

About Haas Automation
Founded in 1983, Haas Automation has become one of the world’s largest machine tool builders. The company manufactures computer numerically controlled (CNC) vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, CNC lathes/turning centers and CNC rotary tables and indexers. In 2014, annual revenues exceeded $1 billion for the first time in company history. Haas Automation is headquartered in Oxnard, Calif., where all of the company’s products are manufactured.

About Gene Haas
Haas founded Haas Automation in 1983 to manufacture economical and reliable machine tools. He has competed successfully in off-road racing and sponsored race teams in CART, IndyCar and NASCAR. Haas is a partner in Stewart-Haas Racing with three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and plans to field a team for the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in 2016, the first American-led Formula One team since 1986.

Haas resides in Camarillo, Calif. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Cal State Northridge in 1975.

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