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ATS opens local campus

Studies under way for first class of 11 heavy equipment trainees
By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

CEO Dan Lorenz greets the inaugural class of heavy equipment trainees with Southwest Regional Director Rob Schackart and company President Steve Hazelbaker. Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke CEO Dan Lorenz greets the inaugural class of heavy equipment trainees with Southwest Regional Director Rob Schackart and company President Steve Hazelbaker. Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke Wearing a Rockdale Tigers cap, Associated Training Services (ATS) CEO Dan Lorenz joked that while he had no idea how good the local football team was, he sensed a good fit for his company.

Lorenz was in town to open the company’s ninth campus Monday along with well-wishers and the inaugural class of 11 men seeking training to operate heavy equipment.

ATS will operate out of the front half of the Outreach Center at 192 North FM 487.

“Our mission is to make a difference in people’s lives,” Lorenz said. “It’s not just about driving equipment.”

That message resonated to the inaugural class, some of whom were casualties in the 2008 closing of Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations.

Friends applaud ATS officials at ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at Outreach Center. The company’s web site is www.operator-school.com Friends applaud ATS officials at ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at Outreach Center. The company’s web site is www.operator-school.com ATS operates heavy equipment schools in Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio, California, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Virginia and Texas.

When a company manager walked into the local Workforce Commission office three months ago, there was an immediate connection. Locals needed training for new jobs and ATS offered it.

Reg iona l Direc tor Rob Schackart praised Cindy Jerman and the workforce staff for their “can-do” attitude.

Steve Farr, a training representative, said the company had about 11 lined up for its next module, which lasts for three weeks.

“We’ll shuttle employees in and out for the first three months from our other locations, and we hope to get permanent instructors in place by then,” Farr said.


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