Viega showcases expansion and new training centre
By HPAC MagazineHPAC General Hydronics Plumbing
Viega recently celebrated the opening of a seminar centre in its new headquarters in Broomfield, CO.
This is the company’s second training centre in the United States. The Colorado Seminar Center joins the New Hampshire Seminar Center in Nashua in offering training and education.
“The best technology is useless without tradespeople to implement it and any job is only as good as the work behind it,” said CEO David Garlow. “Viega appreciates the skill and hard work of its customers and all tradespeople and is proud to provide them with education and training.”
The seminar centres offer classes taught by experts who proved themselves in the field before moving to the classroom. Classes range from one to five days on topics from pressing technology and radiant system design to PEX plumbing and pathogen prevention.
To date, more than 40,000 people, including over a thousand Canadians, from self-employed contractors to employees of large firms, have taken courses at the centres.
In addition to providing training for contractors, Viega is helping the next generation of tradespeople through its Viega Trades Education Network (VTEN). VTEN partners with trade schools and community colleges to supplement their curriculum on plumbing and hydronic systems.
VTEN provides its 95 partner UAs and schools, including institutions across Canada, with tooling packages, access to LoopCAD radiant heating and cooling systems design software and Viega’s eLearning platform. VTEN also offers instructors’ conferences, workshops and curriculum modules that integrate with each school’s program. VTEN also offers credentialed classes for Viega products.
In McPherson, KS, which has been at the heart of Viega LLC’s operations since 2005, a two-year building program was recently completed. It included:
- A 90,000-square foot expansion of a manufacturing plant, completed in December 2017
- A new 205,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, completed in June 2019
- A new 25,000-square-foot tool shop and apprentice building, completed in July 2019
Additionally, a 55,000-square-foot logistics expansion is in the works in McPherson where Viega produces its PureFlow line of PEX product, as well as select fittings from the ProPress Copper and MegaPress product lines. McPherson is also home to Viega’s master distribution centre for North America.
The state-of-the-art distribution centre incorporates the latest technology and automation, as well as an upgraded warehouse management system to provide faster product turnaround. With additional metals products being manufactured in McPherson, a larger distribution centre for both metals and PEX products was necessary.
Viega has more than 700,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space at the 127-acre campus. It employs 300 people and expects to add more.
“McPherson is essential to our operations and future growth plans and we continue to invest here because of the quality of the skilled workforce and the support of the community,” said Viega COO Robert Boots.