January 21, 2008 // Franchising.com // Gallatin, TN: – SERVPRO Industries, Inc., a nationally franchised fire and water cleanup and restoration company headquartered in Gallatin, Tenn., has been recognized by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). SERVPRO was honored for their outstanding achievements in workplace learning and received the Golden Torch Award for Innovation in Practice.
SERVPRO's Training Division, headed by Linda Parrish, reports directly to the Executive Vice President, underscoring their belief that training is critical to the corporation's success. Supporting that belief, SERVPRO has dedicated over 100,000 sq. ft. to training facilities, employs 16 corporate trainers and 60 field trainers, and focuses 23 IT staff to the training effort.
Their training programs, quality staff, and extensive facilities have contributed to SERVPRO designation as the top restoration franchise operation in the United States five years in a row by Entrepreneur magazine. Additionally, their training programs have been selected by the industry's certification board (IICRC) as one of only nine national locations for Applied Structural Drying training.
SERVPRO joined seventeen other Middle Tennessee area companies for an awards breakfast on December 6 with Governor Phil Bredesen. The week of December 3-7, 2007, was also designated as Employee Learning Week at a ceremony at the state capitol by Governor Bredesen.
Founded in 1967, the Servpro Industries, Inc. franchise system is a national leader and provider of fire, water, mold and other specialty cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,400 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from multi-million dollar disasters affecting entire communities to those suffered by individual businesses and homes. Providing coverage in 48 states, SERVPRO® has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.