Boston Heights — Dominion East Ohio announced Dec. 22 it plans to build a state-of-the-art technical training center in the village of Boston Heights at 418 East Hines Hill Road. The company expects to spend a year building the facility at the 17-acre site.
The 37,000-square-foot training center will bring all of Dominion East Ohio’s training resources into one location, the company said in a Dec. 22 release. The company says it chose the site because of its central location and convenient access to major highways.
The facility will bring 12 to 14 full-time employees, who will train field employees from throughout Ohio, as well as area emergency workers. The training staff will be moved from facilities in Twinsburg and Cleveland. There will be no layoffs, the company reported.
The new center will include office space, classrooms, two computer training labs and a 100-seat conference room.
The facility will also contain a “Training Town,” simulating a residential neighborhood. The area will be a place where natural gas leak detection and investigation skills will be practiced.
An underground pipeline loop will be constructed to train employees on pipeline cleaning, inspection and maintenance tasks, as well as corrosion monitoring and training in troubleshooting.
“Federal pipeline safety regulations and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio rules require Dominion East Ohio to ensure, through training and evaluation of our employees, that they are qualified to perform various tasks on our pipeline system,” said Jeff Murphy, Dominion East Ohio vice president and general manager in a press release.
“One of Dominion’s core values is the safety of both customers and our employees,” Murphy said. “We currently provide employee training at several Northeast Ohio locations. This proposed training center will provide all required training at one central location, in a state-of-the-art facility.”
As a training center for firefighters and other first responders, natural gas safety and procedures for responding to pipeline damage, reported gas leaks, and gas emergencies will be taught.
“The combination of adequately trained employees and governmental first responders enhances public safety in the communities we serve,” Murphy said.
“We believe this project will provide many benefits to the Village of Boston Heights,” Murphy added. “We are committed to becoming an active corporate citizen in the community and to making the training facility an industry showcase.”
Boston Heights Mayor Bill Goncy said the village and surrounding communities will benefit from having the center close enough to make training convenient for emergency workers.
“Additionally, Dominion configured their training center site plan to be able to accommodate a  future bike trail that will connect to the Summit Metro Park Bike and Hike Trail,” Goncy said.
Eric Marotta: 330-541-9433