Volvo Penta Moves Its Marine Training School


Volvo Penta Canada has announced that the company is relocating its marine dealer training for the 2012 – 2013 season from the former Midland location of Georgian College in Ontario's cottage country, to an existing Volvo Group facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

The move is said to be a response to dealers requests for a more comprehensive training program offered in a more centralized location. Volvo Penta's Mississauga facility, on Belgrave Road, offers close proximity to hotels, restaurants, major highways and Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

"The move to the Mississauga facility is part of Volvo Penta's continued efforts to strengthen support of our Canadian dealer network,'  says Fred Lachlan, Acting Site Manager for Volvo Penta Canada. "The new location is the same great facility used for training technicians on both Volvo and Mack Truck.  By combining the resources of the Volvo Group we will now be able to offer enhanced training and have the flexibility to adjust courses and schedules to meet the changing needs of our dealers. In addition, all instructors will be Volvo Penta employees, who are highly qualified to train on Volvo Penta product.”

Rick Pruitt, Product Training Manager, Volvo Penta of the Americas, says the first marine classes are scheduled for February 2013, adding that a great deal of preparatory work needs to be done between now and then. "We are still determining which classes will be taught,' says Pruitt. "And, we still need to install test tanks and move product to the location.'

More detailed information on the 2012 – 2013 course program is scheduled to be announced later this year.

“We are very excited to have this new training facility and it is a great opportunity for us to strengthen our relationship with our Canadian dealers,” said Lachlan.