Viega Educational Facility Trains Customers in the Latest Plumbing Trends and Technologies
Located in Nashua, NH, the Viega Educational Facility offers a wide variety of training programs. Thousands of contractors, wholesalers, engineers and other guests have seized the opportunity to learn more about the industry, as well as Viega products and systems, while forming relationships with their peers.
"Attending Viega's training programs is a great way to get up to speed on the latest technologies in the plumbing and heating industry," said Adam Nice, contractor at Nice Fuel, Portland, Maine and first-time training attendee. "It had been on my radar for a while to attend Viega training. I like learning and I'm a fan of staying current in the industry."
"When I learned that training would cover the Viega MegaPress system, it instantly grabbed my attention," said Matt Smith, contractor at Chamberlain Plumbing & Heating, Portland, Maine. Smith, who learned about Viega's training program at the national PHCC Expo, and was invited to attend by his local distributor, wanted to learn more about the latest regulations for fire protection installations in the state of Maine, as well as the products and equipment that would help speed up the installation of steel piping.
The training programs, which are customized based on the attendee's preferences and experience levels, cover a variety of topics including metal press technology, re-piping with PEX systems, radiant systems, small business start-up, radiant design, hydronics 101, pathogen prevention, radiant piping and controls, solar thermal systems, geothermal systems and commercial radiant heating and cooling. Several classes offered are eligible for continuing education credits. Classes can also be completely customized.
Classes range from one-day, two-day, three-day and five-day sessions, and generally are held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost for classes include meals. Add-on options for hotel, airfare and tools are also available.
Opened in September of 2006, Viega's educational training facility has welcomed more than 15,000 attendees since its inception. Viega's state-of-the art, modern facility features a stadium-seating computer lab and a construction rough-in, hands-on lab.
Viega's training facility offers opportunities for distributors to bring customers and tailor the training to products available at that distributor, or to the type of work being done by the contractor guests. Often this results in new business for the distributor.
The training program offers attendees the perfect blend of education, hands-on training and relationship building that ultimately provides a positive correlation to sales growth, typically in the 15% range.