UGI Completes Purchase of Site for New Training Center
17 Jan 2020
UGI Utilities, Inc. completed purchase today of a 40-acre site in Bern Township (Berks County) from the Greater Berks Development Fund (GBDF), an affiliate of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA). The site, located on Stinson Road, will be the location of the Company’s new Training Center complex. Groundbreaking for the new UGI Training Center is expected to take place in the Spring.
“This new state-of-the-art Training Center will help ensure UGI continues to provide safe and reliable natural gas service across our 45-county Pennsylvania service area,” Hans Bell, UGI Chief Operating Officer, said.
The Training Center is designed to train, qualify, and prepare all UGI field personnel in natural gas operations work. Training programs will be offered to UGI personnel from multiple departments including Construction and Maintenance, Safety, Service, as well as Meter and Regulation.
The UGI complex on the site will include a 47,500 square foot Training Building and 10,500 square foot Welding Building. These buildings will be complemented by a number of work areas that will provide “real-life” training settings encompassing firefighting instruction, pipe corrosion and protection, backhoe excavation, and leak detection and remediation.
“The new Training Center represents a significant milestone in UGI’s commitment to enhancing our safety culture,” Bell said. “In addition, this facility will provide the best possible preparation for our current and future workforce.”
“UGI’s new Training Center is a critical investment for our Company today and into the future,” Bell added. “UGI extends its thanks to the Greater Berks Development Fund, Bern Township officials, and all others who have worked to make this project possible.”
“This is a great way to start the year. It is the first of several projects that will get underway in Bern Township during 2020,” said Dan Langdon, board chairman of the GRCA.
UGI Utilities has headquarters in Denver, Pennsylvania and serves more than 700,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland. Customers interested in additional information visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.