AAMCO to locate training center in Shenandoah
by Clay Neely
AAMCO, the world’s largest chain of transmission specialists and a leader in total car care, will open its new AAMCO University in Coweta County in Shenandoah Industrial Park.
The company’s investment in the center supports new business and customer service goals, said company representatives. The state-of-the-art training facility coming to the Newnan area will provide current and future AAMCO technicians, managers and franchisees with service training through a best-in-class curriculum within its high tech training facility and repair center, officials said Tuesday from company offices in Horsham, Pa.
The training facility will be located in Shenandoah Industrial Park near the I-85 Bullsboro Drive exit. It will be on Dart Road next door to AAMCO partner Global Powertrain Systems and its factory, which houses the production of remanufactured transmissions.
Groundbreaking for the AAMCO University is set for August, and plans are to open the facility in January 2015.
The educational facility will offer both lecture and hands-on technical instruction for up to 60 people at a time with a theater-style classroom as well as a replicated front office and a simulated repair shop to provide a real-life learning environment. There will also be a call center for both technical and sales questions.
AAMCO University will also offer prospective AAMCO franchisees a first look at the operation and its commitment to best practices.
“Our thanks goes out to AAMCO for choosing Coweta County for the training facility,” said Greg Wright, president of the Coweta County Development Authority. “This project would not have located in Coweta County without the leadership and dedication from Global Powertrain Systems, one of AAMCO’s key strategic partners. We welcome AAMCO University and all of the AAMCO technicians who will receive training here.”
AAMCO President and Chief Executive Officer Brett Ponton, who created the vision for the training center, first made the announcement to company representatives at the National AAMCO Dealers Association convention in Arlington, Virginia July 4.
“The quality of the AAMCO technician skill set in the increasingly complex automotive repair industry is essential to providing the best service and experience for the consumer,” said Ponton. “The new training facility and enhanced curriculum at AAMCO University speaks to our commitment of providing first-class service throughout the AAMCO chain, resulting in a great customer experience.”
AAMCO University will house all training activities for AAMCO technicians, customer service managers as well as prospective, new and current franchisees. The main goal of the school is to provide the proper training for the employees to be in position to continually deliver quality service. Additionally, the new curriculum shows the training and progression needed to navigate a successful career path at AAMCO, at any level of employment.
AAMCO has more than 700 automotive centers throughout the United States and Canada. Established in 1962, AAMCO centers have served more than 45 million drivers.