Safety Council of the Texas Mid-Coast moves to new location in Port Lavaca

June 5, 2012 at 1:05 a.m.

The Safety Council of the Texas Mid Coast, Inc. opened Monday at its new location, 3731 State Highway 35 South in Port Lavaca.

The growth means expanded training opportunities and improves the organization's ability to serve the Crossroads workforce, according to a news release from the organization.

"Safety training is imperative to employers in our area," said Betty Birdwell, longtime employee and the corporation's business development leader. "But equally important is a facility that can accommodate a large number of trainees in a great training environment."

The facility offers a 131-seat, computer-based learning lab, classrooms that seat more than 125 people and a hands-on training area for large equipment, crane and rigger and other types of "clean room" instrumentation cleaning.

A full range of occupational medical services, including medical surveillance programs, return to work exams and more are also available through the Twin Fountains Occupational Medicine Services site at the new facility.

With more than 10,000 people a year trained in more than 200 courses, the council provides an economic boost to Port Lavaca, according to the release. About 90 percent of the trainees are visitors to the area. They contribute more than $1.2 million annually through lodging, dining and shopping.

The Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce appreciates businesses that contribute to the local economy, Tina Crow, the chamber's executive director, said in the release.

"The deep economic impact this will make in our community affects our economy in a big way," she said. "To be able to serve our industries locally at this level is a first."

The center has space available for community events, as well as rental space for private parties and meetings.

Joni Brown, the center's executive director, said it was important for the council to give back to the community.

"Port Lavaca has been our home for more than 20 years and we look forward to sharing our facility with our community in the future," she said.



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