Konecranes Americas’ global training centre

23 May 2012

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Konecranes Americas, the US based branch of the Finnish crane manufacturer, is finalizing the lease for a building to house its new global training facility near its Springfield, Ohio headquarters.

Clark County Agricultural Commissioners, owners of the building, are negotiating a five-year contract to lease it to the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce's Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) for $16,400 annually.

Under the deal, the CIC would then sublease the property to Konecranes for about $18,400.

Commissioner John Detrick is reported as saying the centre would bolster the local economy by about $8m.

Konecranes' facility will train thousands of trainees, and add 25 new administrative and technical jobs with annual salaries between $35,000 to $120,000.

Konecranes was considering launching a training facility at its campus in Houston, Texas before learning that the agricultural building across the street from Konecranes' at PrimeOhio Industrial Park was available.

Tom Sothard, president of Konecranes was quoted as saying the company wanted to keep training in Springfield, as it was a good place to do business, although it could have just as easily moved it to Texas.