Ribbon-Cutting Marks Opening
Of Advanced Training Facility
One year and 18 days after Taco broke ground on this major building project, designed to enhance its competitiveness and create a state-of-the-art training facility for the HVAC industry, the company dedicated its new Innovation & Development Center at Taco headquarters in Cranston, RI.
President and CEO John Hazen White, Jr., was joined by family members, representatives from Rhode Island's political leadership, guests and Taco employees for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Innovation Center, a LEED Gold project, is the centerpiece of Taco's Master Infrastructure Plan. The 24,037-sq.-ft. Center provides an advanced learning and training environment, complete with classroom spaces, conference rooms, a business center and labs for testing and teaching. Additionally, the Center assures Taco's future in the Ocean State, where it has operated for more than 90 years.
Working Taco products and systems are visible throughout the facility, forming a "living laboratory" that allows hands-on learning and teaching, and enables visitors to view and experience these systems directly.
"The new Taco Innovation & Development Center is a wonderful showcase for our industry, where members of our professional community will learn about the latest technology and applications our industry has to offer. It's also an enriching environment where Taco employees will continue to increase their knowledge and enhance their personal and professional lives through training and education classes and programs," commented Company President and CEO John Hazen White, Jr., the third member of his family to operate the company since 1920. "With the building now operational we look forward to begin sharing this amazing facility."
See the progress of the Innovation Center throughout its construction in videos on the Innovation & Training Center page of the Taco website.
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