TIC looks to expand facility

National company relies on training workers locally

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— A national company based in Steamboat, which is 6,000 employees strong, is looking to expand its local training center.

The Industrial Co., which is among the top 50 general contractors in America, is hoping to build a new 11,684-square-foot, one-story training facility. It will take its application before the Planning Commission for a conceptual review tonight. In a conceptual review, Planning Commission does not vote on the project but offers comments to help the applicant get a sense of what requests will be acceptable.

The proposed training center is located off Jacob's Circle in the west of Steamboat area.

TIC already has a 5,000-square-foot training facility, but with the growth and success of the business including contracts in 2001 and 2002 to build 11 gas-fired power plants in nine states TIC wants to be able to continue training more and more qualified engineers and managers, said Dean Risinger, the company's vice president for corporate training and development.

Risinger said he has been working on training programs for 10 years and feels the money the company puts into its training programs is very well spent.

He said one of the reasons the company gets a lot of business is because it inspires confidence with its strong training program in which it flies in engineers and specialists from across the country and puts them up at hotels in Steamboat. From there they commute to the training center. The new facility will train electricians, engineers and superintendents, among others, and hold a dining room that can serve at least 60 people. The building will also hold three classrooms.

One issue that Planning Commission may discuss tonight is a request from TIC to drop the required parking spaces by about half, because the workers that will be using the training center will be getting bused in from their hotels.

Planner Tom Leeson said city staff is generally supportive of the variance from normal standards but awaits Planning Commission's opinion.

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