Wirtgen America’s Center for Training and Technology

SOURCE: Wirtgen | April 3, 2021

On the Wirtgen America Campus just south of Nashville, TN is a world class training facility for the road construction and minerals processing industry. The Wirtgen America Center for Training and Technology (CTT) is a 38,000 square foot facility, consisting of seven classrooms, two laboratories, two 50 seat lecture halls, all equipped with state-of-the-art technology to enhance the learning environment. Add this to four dedicted shop bays for hands on learning, a 7,300 square foot conference hall and a cafe capable of seating 180 visitors to create a facility that is second to none in the industry. All this sits adjacent to a five acre demonstration area equipped with the latest equipment from Wirtgen, Vogele, Hamm and Kleemann.

But as impressive as the facility is, it’s what goes on inside that makes it really special. A dedicated staff of instructors and specialists offer over 200 classes focused on operator training, equipment maintenance, application training and much more. Over 3000 students a year take classes to improve their ability to support our industry. Jim McEvoy, President of Wirtgen America states „As the unparalleled innovation and technology leader in road construction and mineral technologies, Wirtgen America considers it our role and responsibility to invest in improving our industry through education.”  Dillon Witczak, with Roland Machinery summed it up by saying, “You won’t believe it until you see it, and you sure won’t be disappointed. You’re going to learn so much here at the CTT. The trainers are great, and the facility is impressive.  You’re not just going to become a smarter technician here, you’re going to feel more confident and sure about what you’re working on too.”

The CTT consists of a four-pillar strategy to training. Service training was the core and the primary reason for its establishment in 2002. In the road construction and minerals processing industry, our equipment is only as good as the service our extensive dealer network can provide. This is why Wirtgen America invests so heavily in the service technicians that our customers rely on. Second, our customers demand sales professionals that understand their business and applications, so the very best equipment advice can be offered to address their challenges. Sales training on all the product technology and industry applications, from basic to advanced are supported by dedicated CTT instructors. Third, is development training for individuals interested in the trades. Wirtgen America actively recruits, educates and inspires the workforce of tomorrow our industry so desperately needs. In association with local high schools and universities, a class of The Road Building Equipment Service Technician (R-Best) candidates is selected annually and given the necessary tools and instruction to succeed in the heavy equipment industry. Finally, is the thought leadership imparted by Wirtgen America application specialists and industry associates to support the continued growth of innovation and technology in the road construction and mineral processing sectors. Wirtgen Group has committed to keeping cutting edge thinking in front of association members and partnering in their success. Jim McEvoy best sums it up by saying, “We call this a training center, but to me, this is a learning environment.”

We encourage you to learn more from our Center for Training and Technology brochure located on our website.


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New Kleemann Plant Marks Commitment to Industry
In early 2010 Kleemann GmbH completed its new headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing plant near Göppingen, just east of Stuttgart in south-central Germany.

The new plant marks Kleemann’s commitment to the minerals processing industry and incorporates the highest production technologies for the manufacture of aggregates and minerals processing equipment.

This new “greenfield” manufacturing plant is making Kleemann mineral processing equipment more available, and will speed product delivery in North America in coming months. “With 350,000 sq. ft. of production area and 40,000 sq ft of administration area, Kleemann will excite the market with new models and features for 2010,” said Evan Clarke, vice president.

For over 150 years Kleemann has led the minerals processing industry with design ingenuity, producing crushing and screening equipment for many leading markets. Since being acquired by the Wirtgen Group in 2006, the company has experienced dramatic growth which has led to reinvestment by the group to help streamline production and allow for greater volume for its new expanding markets.

“As Kleemann gathers momentum within the United States and Canadian markets, and new dealers take on the product line, many customers are seeing the ‘Kleemann Advantage’,” Clarke said. “We bring to the market a wide range of track mobile crushers and screens with many unique features.”

The new plant utilizes the most modern German high-tech manufacturing processes, including short internal product assembly lines. On the new 1.34 million sq. ft., site, the new manufacturing facility covers an area of 376,736 sq. ft., complemented with a 43,055 sq. ft. administration building. The oversized interior capacity of the new main production facility accommodates the enormous dimensions of Kleemann’s largest crushing and screening machines.

In the plant’s central warehouse contains two storage zones in which some 10,000 items are stocked. “On average, 200 items with a total weight of 8.8 tons are handled here each day,” said Kleemann central warehouse manager Martin Zemmel. “We really benefited from the know-how of the other Wirtgen Group companies when building our new facility.”

Kleemann’s new painting facility for large parts is one of the largest such facilities in Germany, with a tremendous load-bearing capacity of 33 short tons, and around 21,500 sq. ft. of floor space. Kleemann’s switch-over from wet spray painting to powder-coating not only marks a major step towards boosting surface quality, but also has far less of an environmental impact, with the system far exceeding the requirements of the EU environmental guidelines.

Kleemann’s Roots Run Deep

Kleemann is a newcomer to the North American aggregate processing market, but its roots lie deep. Established in Germany in 1857, Kleemann was acquired by Wirtgen Group in 2006. Today, a growing network of equipment distributors and dealers is enabling Kleemann Inc. USA to boost its domestic profile and serve customers in North America.
Today Kleemann manufactures and markets a broad range of durable, productive mobile and stationary processing equipment and technology for crushed stone, demolition waste and mixed construction waste.

Kleemann’s product brand names are:
• The MOBICAT mobile primary jaw on crawler chassis with feeding unit, pre-screen and conveyors built in various sizes ranging from 100-1,000 tph capacity
• The MOBIREX mobile primary impactor on crawler chassis with feeding unit, pre-screen and conveyors built in various sizes ranging from 100 to 1,000 tph capacity
• The MOBIFOX mobile secondary crushing machines with feeding unit, impact crusher and a screen producing up to 3 grain sizes
• The MOBICONE mobile secondary crushing machines with feeding unit, cone crusher and a screen to produce up to 3 grain sizes, and
• The MOBISCREEN mobile screening machines, producing up to 4 grain sizes with fixed or swiveling discharge belts, with a screening surface dependent on ultimate use.
Wirtgen America, Inc., Nashville, is the North American arm of the Wirtgen Group, the single-source marketer of the world’s most technologically advanced lines of asphalt reclaiming/recycling and concrete slipform equipment from Wirtgen, asphalt and soil compactors from Hamm Compaction Division, asphalt pavers from Vögele America Inc., and aggregates and minerals processing equipment from Kleemann.

In late 2004 Reinhard Wirtgen, founder of Wirtgen Group, was honored as one of the “Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Design & Construction Professionals of the 20th Century” by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).