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(Aug.16, 2012)

CCAD, Jeffrey Family Celebrate Shared Histories with Dedication of New Lab 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 5, 2013)—Columbus College of Art & Design and the Jeffrey Manufacturing Co. added another page to their shared history with the dedication today of the Tad Jeffrey FabLab, a fabrication studio located in Kinney Hall on the CCAD campus.

The studio, developed with a $300,000 gift from Nancy and Tad Jeffrey and the Jeffrey Co., includes state-of-the-art three-dimensional printers, large-scale plotters, computer-driven laser and vinyl cutters, along with a CNC machine. The lab supports CCAD’s expansion of its Industrial Design major by increasing prototyping capacity and providing students with training on the most advanced equipment and software they will use in the workplace. Students in CCAD’s other undergraduate and graduate programs also have access to equipment for their work that requires precision models or cutting.

“This generous gift allows CCAD students to bring their designs to life using tools that have evolved from the hand-operated machining equipment pioneered by Jeffrey Manufacturing,” said Laurie Beth Sweeney, CCAD’s vice president for Advancement. “The Jeffrey family has been a long-time supporter of CCAD, and we are thrilled to introduce a new generation of designers and artists to the storied history of Jeffrey Manufacturing and its role in the growth of our city.”

CCAD and Jeffrey Manufacturing trace their 19th century beginnings to Columbus financier Francis Sessions, who helped both organizations launch. Tad Jeffrey served as a member of the college’s board of trustees for a total of 18 years, from 1983-1992, and again from 2002 to 2011. The Jeffrey Manufacturing Co. was sold to Dresser Industries in 1974.


About CCAD
Columbus College of Art & Design, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest private art and design colleges in the United States with 1,350 undergraduate and graduate students. CCAD offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Arts. Undergraduate students choose from nine majors: photography, industrial design, advertising and graphic design, animation, illustration, fine arts, fashion design, interior design and cinematic arts.