Cooper opens industrial training facility
Houston-based center provides hands-on demonstrations
Cooper Industries has opened its new Houston-based technology and training facility. Cooper CEO Kirk Hachigian and his staff greeted more than 250 people in attendance for this half-day event, which featured comprehensive tours of the new facility and an opportunity to discuss training needs with the company’s executives and representatives of each division.
The Cooper Technology Center is a 35,000-square-foot facility featuring an auditorium, conference room, multiple training rooms and a full-scale mock refinery, waste water treatment facility and electrical distribution grid, which includes over 250 of Cooper’s industrial offerings, installed as they would appear in an operational setting.
The new industrial-focused training facility was designed to help facilitate industry-specific education and provide hands-on demonstration of a vast array of industrial products and solutions offered by the company.
“During this time when budgets are stretched, this facility offers a unique venue for us to provide our customers with the education and training that is vital to their businesses,”BLQ%%
Cooper Industries has eight divisions offering a variety of electrical products and tools.
For more information about the Cooper Technology Center, call (713) 280-3400 or visit www.coopertechnologycenter.com .
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