Axalta Center Opens

Learning and development for coatings tech in California

Axalta, the Philadelphia-based coatings supplier, recently announced the opening of its newest Learning and Development Center dedicated to industrial wood coatings technology in Pomona, California. The new facility is said to be “a state-of-the-art learning and training environment, complete with a new classroom, conference room, and equipment for hands-on training,” per an October 2 Axalta press release. It becomes the 12th Axalta training center location in North America, providing both manual and virtual training resources.

The company, which has a 150-year history, says the new facility serves the industry’s growing demand for opportunities for customers to collaborate with business partners and further develop their workforce. “Expanding our customer support services is a priority for our business,” says Wade Arnold, vice president of industrial wood coatings for Axalta. “This is another way to provide our customers with what they need to stay competitive.”

Axalta will host various training classes throughout the year, along with customized training classes for customers. These will offer insight into the latest technology and applications Axalta’s wood segment has to offer.

The choice of location is simple and strategic for a brand with East Coast headquarters and a growing customer base out west. Axalta’s continued success over the years can be at least in part attributed to its focus solely on coatings; mastering one product has enabled the company to reach multiple markets. Various coatings applications—in addition to those so commonly used by Electrical Apparatus readers such as refinish applications to electric motors—now include light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles, buildings and pipelines.

Axalta’s coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials they coat to last longer. The company has over 14,000 employees.

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