Takeuchi-US, Pendergrass, Georgia, a global manufacturer of skid steer loaders and other compact equipment held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 11 for a new training facility set to open in spring 2020. The new center will allow dealers from North America and around the globe to gain knowledge about Takeuchi products, and offer year-round service training to its growing dealer network.
The new building will be 37,500 square feet on 9.45 acres. It will feature two dedicated service training classrooms and workshop areas, workspace for the training department, two flex-space training rooms, two flex-space meeting rooms, a cafeteria and a kitchen area that can hold 90 people and a 7,500-square-foot covered demo area.
“This new training facility will give us the opportunity to train more dealer staff, conduct year-round training and take our training programs to the next level,” says Jeff Stewart, vice president and general manager of Takeuchi-US. “Takeuchi is dedicated to providing cutting-edge training to best educate our dealers, and we are very excited to open the doors and invite our dealer network to participate in this exciting next step with us.
Breaking ground alongside Stewart and Clay Eubanks, president of Takeuchi-US, was Jim Shaw, chamber president of Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Tom Crow, district one commissioner for Jackson County, James Tipton, president and owner of Tipton Construction and John Scott, vice president and director of economic development.
“This signifies the growth of Takeuchi and all that we have accomplished thus far with our training efforts,” says Eubanks. “Our expectations for the new training center will be to provide relevant and safe equipment training to all of our dealers. By building this new training center, it allows us to invest in our community and bring more jobs and opportunities to Jackson County.”