Subaru training center to come to Frederick tech park
The Frederick News-Post | Ryan Marshall
The carmaker Subaru already has a presence in the city of Frederick, and the company will build a second training facility in a city technology park.
Subaru of America, the U.S. branch of the Japanese-based Subaru Corp., is expected to open its 16,200-square-foot Automotive Performance and Training Facility in the Riverside Technology Park in late 2019, according to a release from St. John Properties, the tech park’s management.
The center will house Subaru training areas where the company can teach employees company protocols and other information.
It will include both classrooms and hands-on instruction areas, and will be able to accommodate up to 60 teachers and students a day.
Construction on the building will begin soon, said Matt Holbrook, regional partner for St. John Properties.
Subaru was unable to provide a comment Monday.
Subaru has an existing center on Spires Way, near the new site, and will significantly increase the amount of training being done, said Richard Griffin, the city’s director of economic development.
“People come to this facility from all over the country, but particularly from around the East Coast,” Griffin said.
The training site will generate a huge number of students, many of whom will stay in local hotels and eat in restaurants, he said.
“We’re incredibly excited to have them expanding,” Griffin said.
Holbrook said he was excited by the Subaru announcement.
It’s always nice to have an international company choose to be in Frederick and on their property, he said.
Holbrook said the Subaru facility will be the last lot to be filled in the tech park, with about 490,000 square feet already built.
The other tenants include Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies, which makes vibration and sensing equipment for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and power generation industries; the Equipment Development Co., which makes concrete grinders, saws, and surface-preparation equipment; a Royal Farms gas station and convenience store; and Frederick Classical Charter School.