ATS opens local campus
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.
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.