According to a local report, Northwest Technical Institute held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 20,000 ft2 facility that will be dedicated to an ammonia refrigeration and industrial maintenance program.

The new building in Springdale, Ark., will cost approximately $860,000 and nearly triple the program’s space. Construction is expected to be complete and the facility read to be used by the fall. The report says Tyson Foods contributed $1 million to the project and has more than $3.5 million in equipment lined up and ready to be installed once it is complete.

Northwest Technical Institute offers an 11-month diploma program in ammonia refrigeration training. It has space for 20 students in that program. The school also provides training for people already in the industry. The new facility will allow the school to increase the number of adult learners it serves from about 120 per year to more than 300 per year.