Happy Holidays to everyone we’ve worked with and met through 2019.
2019 has been a hectic year so we thought we’d run through some of the highlights and take a sneak peak at what’s in store for 2020.
Major highlights in 2019 have included.
Opening a new GWO training facility in Kansas City
Mid way through 2019 we brought on a new facility in Kansas City to deliver GWo working at height. This forms part of our coninued expansion of facilities to service customers throughout the major wind centers of the USA.
Passing the 500 technicians trained mark for the first year in the USA
Whilst our parent company Safety Technology has been training technicians since GWO started we have only been operating in the USA for a few short years. This years was our first to pass 500 technicians trained across our facilities in Iowa, Texas, Kansas City and onsite.
Gaining full onsite certification a USA first
We were extremely proud to have been awarded the onsite certification from GWO in the USA this year. We are now the first and only officially accredited training provider in North America to be able to offer onsite GWO training. For STL USA this was an imperative in 2019 and we look to service clients top to bottom and east to west across the country. The sheer size of the USA presents certain logistical challenges for both us and HSE managers and feedback had indicated that an onsite service was in high demand. So far this year our trainers have travelled from the Pacific North west to the East coast and covered virtually every inch of Texas!
Expanding our team with amazing new hires
Ben Dickens has joined the STL USa team to head up the Sales & Marketing operation and oversee the companies growth. Ben’s got a clear remit to make STL USA the number one training provider in North America. Brandon McKelvain joins us as a new GWO trainer based out of Sweetwater, Texas. Brandon has a host of working at height experience and joins our roster of USA and international trainers delivering courses across the country and world.
Attending O&M Safety exhibition in San Diego
Our biggest exhibition of the year took place in San Diego at the AWEA O&M Safety conference. The event brought both US based companies and international businesses together to talk safety, safety innovations and meet collegaues with an interest and remit for technician safety. It was a great opportunity to meet up with our existing customers and build new relationships throughout the industry. We will be attending again in 2020, come and say high.
Looking ahead to 2020
2020 looks set to be the year of offshore, it’s a key area of focus for STL USA. Expect to hear more about developments in offshore training in the first half of the year.
The STL USA team will continue to grow into 2020 as we recruit more trainers to cover the demand for courses across our facilities.
STL prides itself on its ability to form strong strategic partnerships. Expect to see announcements as we work through the supply chain.
Wind will continue to grow fast in the USA. Given the economics now in play the development of wind energy facilities in only set to increase.
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