Groundbreaking held for new WPS and WE Energies training center

Ground was broke on the 32,000 square-foot WPS and WE Energies training center in Green Bay, June 7, 2017. (WLUK/Andy Harbath)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- Construction has begun on the WPS and WE Energies new training facility in Green Bay.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for the 32,000 square-foot facility.

The facility will be able to train 1,400 employees at a time from the Fox Valley to Upper Michigan.

It will include indoor and outdoor classrooms, as well as lab spaces to provide hands-on and practical learning environments.

Keeping employees up to date on gas and electric maintenance is the main goal of the facility.

"All phases of distribution equipment, both natural gas and electric," said spokesman of WPS, Matt Cullen. "So it really allows them the opportunity to be able to train efficiently and train a year round basis and not be subject to weather conditions."

Construction of the facility is expected to provide around 250 jobs.

It's set to open in March 2018.

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