The Knife River Training Center in Albany, Oregon, is officially open for business. Knife River held the grand opening in April for over 230 people. The event included an equipment demonstration, facility tour, and remarks from Knife River President and CEO Dave Barney, Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, Oregon Department of Transportation Director Kris Strickler, and National Ready Mix Concrete Association President Mike Phillips.

The Training Center is on 230 acres and includes an 80,000-square-foot dome (the largest in the U.S. that is used for equipment training), a 16,000-square-foot classroom building, and outdoor training space.

Classes are open for Knife River employees, as well as employees from other companies and industry partners. Training Center staff have already “graduated” 160 people in classes ranging from CDL training to equipment operation to leadership development.

Joining the speakers for the ribbon cutting were regional presidents Bob Cheever, Brian Gray, Bob Kober, Jim Lauteren, John Quade and Dave Zinke; vice president of operations Glenn Pladsen; training manager Dan Abbott; and Training Center manager Kris Latimer.

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Knife River is part of the MDU Resources family of companies.

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