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Motlow ARTC Partners with Southern Controls to enhance Training Opportunities

Motlow’s Automation & Robotics Training Center (ARTC) is partnering with Southern Controls, Inc., to support, enhance, and grow training opportunities in programmable logic controllers (PLC) and other automation equipment.

The three-year agreement, signed in September at the ARTC in McMinnville, allows Southern Controls, an authorized distributor for Omron Automation Americas, to conduct training at the ARTC to provide an essential industrial controls skill set for an operator, multi-craft technician, or other skilled employee resulting in a certificate from Southern Controls, Motlow, Omron, or any combination of the three. In addition, Motlow and Southern Controls will seek to obtain a globally recognized certification from Omron.

Motlow’s ARTC was the first training facility of its type in Tennessee to offer training on the three leading equipment manufacturers; ABB, FANIC, and Yaskawa Motoman. The Center has won multiple awards for both its design and its training capabilities. The Community Colleges of Appalachia presented the ARTC with its Workforce Development Innovation Award in June. The graphical enrichment of the facility won a gold medal from the Tennessee Colleges Public Relations Association in July. Visit or contact Larry Flatt at

Photo: Seated, L-R: Chris Tolliver, SC outside sales manager; William Spear SC vice president; Dr. Michael Torrence, Motlow president; and Dr. Tony Millican, Motlow executive vice president of Workforce and Community Development. Standing, L-R:  Joe Meyer, SC senior applications engineer, Marc Dixon, SC controls automation engineer; Larry Flatt, ARTC executive director; and Charlie King, Motlow senior Robotics trainer. Motlow Staff Photo.

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Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,500 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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