By Renée Francoeur
May 11, 2016 – Southwire recently held its groundbreaking for the Thorn Customer Solutions Centre, an upgrade to one of its existing facilities in Carrollton, Ga. The centre will showcase Southwire’s product portfolio and provide education and hands-on training for contractors, channel associates and industry training partners.
The facility’s namesake is attributed to Southwire’s past president and CEO, Stuart Thorn.
“It is a real honour to receive this recognition,” Thorn said. “During my time at Southwire, my team and I worked diligently to create an innovation-based culture whereby we focused on our end-users, observed them on the job site, unearthed their unmet needs, and created solutions to problems that had been overlooked for decades. This new facility is a direct reflection of that commitment.”
According to the company, the more than 18,000-sf training centre will include a classroom area with capacity for up to 80 participants, a demonstration jobsite environment with opportunities to sample Southwire’s tools, and more than 1500 sf of conference rooms and staff offices.
“We expect to train as many as 150 groups of contractors at the centre each year,” said Brandon Moss, Southwire’s president of tools and assembled products. “From the owner to the foreman, the Thorn Customer Solutions Centre will be the place where knowledge of more efficient, safe and productive electrical installation methods is learned. We’re at a place in the industry where many skilled workers are retiring, and as our customers recruit a new generation of employees, our products and services will be key to sustaining a productive workforce in the industry.”
The facility is expected to celebrate its grand opening in the fall of 2016.