Southern Crescent Technical College

Quick Start Signs Training Agreement with Rinnai America Corporation

Pictured signing the QuickStart training agreement from L-R: Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President, Southern Crescent Technical College;Frank Windsor, Chief Operating Officer of Rinnai America Corporation; Jackie Rohosky, Deputy Commissioner of QuickStart
Pictured signing the QuickStart training agreement from L-R: Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President, Southern Crescent Technical College;Frank Windsor, Chief Operating Officer of Rinnai America Corporation; Jackie Rohosky, Deputy Commissioner of QuickStart

Rinnai America Corporation (“Rinnai”) recently announced a training partnership with Georgia Quick Start and Southern Crescent Technical College at the Rinnai facility in Griffin, GA. Rinnai’s North American headquarters, plus a distribution and assembly center, are located in Peachtree City, GA. Rinnai, a subsidiary of Rinnai Corporation in Nagoya, Japan, currently sells tankless water heaters, home heating appliances and boilers.

Georgia Quick Start, the No. 1-ranked workforce training program in the U.S., is providing customized training to support Rinnai’s manufacturing efforts in North America with an investment of $70 million. In addition to representatives from Quick Start and Southern Crescent Technical College, attendees at the event included Doug Holberg, city of Griffin mayor; Raymond Ray, commissioner for Spalding County; and David Luckie, executive director for Griffin-Spalding Development Authority.

“Rinnai’s vision is to enhance lives by changing the way water is heated,” said Frank Windsor, chief operating officer of Rinnai America Corporation. “We have built our brand by providing the highest quality products to the market. We firmly believe that quality is our destiny, and as we expand our manufacturing capabilities, it is critical that we recruit top-tier talent and train all our team members to have that same focus on quality. Our partnership with Georgia Quick Start and Southern Crescent Technical College will help us to quickly train new employees and ensure that our quality standards are never compromised.”

Rinnai will initially assemble the tankless water heaters in a temporary facility while they construct their new manufacturing facility in The Lakes at Green Valley in Griffin, with a scheduled completion date of 2020. The Quick Start project focuses on training for the new assembly processes that will be implemented at the upcoming facility.

“Rinnai’s innovative technology will become more and more popular in coming years,” said Jackie Rohosky, deputy commissioner of Quick Start. “We’re committed to supporting Rinnai’s workforce to help the company achieve its start-up goals.”

The training program involves three distinct partners: Rinnai America Corporation, Southern Crescent Technical College and Georgia Quick Start. Each partner will be responsible for the successful completion of the program. Quick Start will deliver training during the expansion, and Southern Crescent Technical College will be Rinnai’s long-term partner available for ongoing training, providing a pipeline of qualified graduates to meet future workforce needs.

“Rinnai is a very important part of our local business community and we are thrilled that they have decided to expand their presence into Spalding County,” said Dr. Alvetta Thomas, president of Southern Crescent Technical College. “Georgia Quick Start has provided customized workforce solutions for many decades and their expertise will be a huge asset for Rinnai. We are very excited about this partnership, and Southern Crescent Technical College is proud to provide the training solutions needed as Rinnai trains their local workforce.”

The Griffin-Spalding County Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) worked with Southern Crescent Technical College and Georgia Quick Start to qualify Rinnai for training support as they establish their manufacturing operations.

About Rinnai America Corporation

Rinnai America Corporation, a subsidiary of Rinnai Corporation in Nagoya, Japan, was established in 1974 and is headquartered in Peachtree City, Georgia. Rinnai Corporation manufactures gas appliances including tankless water heaters, a wide range of kitchen appliances and heating and air conditioning units. As the technology leader in its industry, Rinnai is the largest gas appliance manufacturer in Japan and is the number-one selling brand of tankless gas water heaters in North America. Annual corporate revenues, including those of its subsidiaries, are in excess of $3.1 billion. With a global perspective to create 21st century products for the home and business, Rinnai Corporation commits itself to safety and the pursuit of comfortable lifestyles. For more information about Rinnai’s entire product line, visit rinnai.us.

About Quick Start

Quick Start is Georgia’s internationally acclaimed economic development program that provides customized workforce training at no cost to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses in Georgia. Since 1967, Quick Start has trained more than 1.25 million Georgians through nearly 7,000 projects. For more information, contact Rodger Brown at rbrown@georgiaquickstart.org.

About Southern Crescent Technical College

Southern Crescent Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is an institution of higher education that delivers relevant technical education at the associate degree, diploma and certificate levels and workforce training programs via traditional and distance learning formats. Southern Crescent Technical College is structured through ongoing assessment and strategic planning to emerge as the preeminent technical college that develops students to become globally work-ready employees through the unification of focused instruction, access to industry-relevant technology and facilities, and a culture of engagement, communication and support.