Oatey Co., the Cleveland sanitary ware manufacturer, announced it has significantly modernized its training center in one of its West Side properties to provide additional educational opportunities for customers and merchants.
The company said it has redesigned the training center it calls Oatey University to accommodate a more diverse group of people in the industry than in the past, including customers, in-house staff and plumbing installers.
The new center offers more hands-on training options, such as full-size mock-ups of hotel and living bathrooms. In addition, the facility houses two interactive laboratories dedicated to solvent welding and heating / chemical applications. There is also a large on-site classroom designed for college-style classes, virtual and in-person gatherings, as well as community outreach events.
Matt Rodgers, Oatey’s vice president of customer and technical support, said in a press release about the refurbished center: “Oatey is constantly looking for innovative ways to promote, support and engage with the business, our employees and communities. Oatey University is where those efforts can really come to life. We look forward to using this state-of-the-art facility to further connect with everyone we serve. “
At the facility, Oatey’s product specialists provide training for industry professionals, including those seeking continuing education credits and professional certifications in a variety of installations.
While the company has invested in modernizing the property over the past year, it has also taken advantage of virtual training during the pandemic. It said it now has courses available BlueVolt, a management and professional training website to help industry professionals expand and strengthen their home safety skills.
Although Oatey shared a video of the facility, it did not specifically identify its location outside “the heart of Cleveland,” nor did it reveal how much it had invested in the updates. It is located in a different location from the privately owned company headquarters at 20600 Emerald Parkway.
Since 1916, Oatey has provided products for the residential and commercial plumbing industry with a manufacturing and distribution network with locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China to server contractors, engineers, and DIYers around the world.