2007-06-15 / Business

Midlands Tech breaks ground

By John Temple Ligon Temple@TheColumbiaStar.com

By John Temple LigonTemple@TheColumbiaStar.com

(l to r) Chuck Garnett, chair of MTC Foundation Board; Barry Russell, president of S.C. Technical College System; Jack Goettee, vice chair of MTC Foundation Board; Robert Dozier, chair of the MTC Commission; Steve Turner, CEO of Spectrum Medical, Inc.; Dr. Sonny White Jr., president of MTC; Joe McEachern, chair of Richland County Council; Billy Derrick, chair of Lexington County Council; David Ferguson, chair of Fairfield County Council; and Ike McLeese, president of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.(l to r) Chuck Garnett, chair of MTC Foundation Board; Barry Russell, president of S.C. Technical College System; Jack Goettee, vice chair of MTC Foundation Board; Robert Dozier, chair of the MTC Commission; Steve Turner, CEO of Spectrum Medical, Inc.; Dr. Sonny White Jr., president of MTC; Joe McEachern, chair of Richland County Council; Billy Derrick, chair of Lexington County Council; David Ferguson, chair of Fairfield County Council; and Ike McLeese, president of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Midlands Technical College held a groundbreaking ceremony, Thursday, June 7, on its 25,000- square- foot Business Accelerator, designed to accommodate emerging businesses, industries, or technologies that have left the research and development stage and are ready for start- up production. Located on the MTC Enterprise Campus, the multi-bay facility's flexible design allows adaptation to the needs of its private partner business tenants.

Companies initially housed in the MTC Business Accelerator are positioned to permanently locate elsewhere on the Enterprise Campus at Midlands Technical College.

Steve Turner, CEO of Spectrum Medical, Inc.Steve Turner, CEO of Spectrum Medical, Inc. The MTC Enterprise Campus consists of 150 acres and provides a unique environment for companies to accelerate their development through partnership with the college.

MTC President Dr. Marshall (Sonny) White Jr. said the groundbreaking event was especially important because the occasion also marked the announcement of the first company to locate on the MTC Enterprise Campus.

The first tenant in the MTC Accelerator will be Spectrum Medical, Inc., an international medical software company that specializes in the development of both non- invasive and minimally invasive technologies. Based in England and with established markets in Europe and Asia, Spectrum Medical plans to establish its U.S. headquarters on the MTC Enterprise Campus. Steve Turner, CEO of Spectrum Medical, traveled to the U.S. from England and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.

Dr. Sonny White Jr., president of Midlands Technical College.Dr. Sonny White Jr., president of Midlands Technical College. In conjunction with the groundbreaking, the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) an-nounced its plans to collaborate with the Enterprise Campus at Midlands Technical College. Bill Mahoney, SCRA CEO, said the organization has an established track record as a global leader in nurturing new ventures and capital investment. The Research Authority selectively partners with academic institutions and connects them with private enterprises to advance technology and shape the Knowledge Economy.

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