Link-Belt Construction Equipment officials dedicated a new Training and Quality Assurance Center at the company's headquarters in Lexington, Ky. Shunsuke Betsukawa, CEO and president of Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI), Link-Belt’s parent company, made the dedication remarks and conducted the ribbon cutting with other members of Link-Belt and SHI executive staff.
The new 30,000-sq.-ft., $5.5 million training facility will be used for training and quality assurance. The expansion will house three classrooms, labs, and high bays to accommodate any size Link-Belt crane and brings Link-Belt’s total manufacturing space to over 1 million sq. ft. Officials broke ground for the building on June 1 and the new facility is set to open completely in January 2016.
Link-Belt will be able to offer multiple courses weekly for its distributor service, parts and sales personnel along with course offerings for its Link-Belt Preferred crane owners. The majority of these courses focuses on operation and maintenance of the Link-Belt product line and will include much more hands-on activities to enhance the learning experience. The facility will also have a space for technical training for Link-Belt’s production personnel.
Rigorous testing of newly designed parts and ultimately new models will also be housed in the new facility. This quality assurance will be a cooperative effort between Link-Belt’s design, quality, manufacturing and training groups.