CPI dedicates training center to Glenn O. Hawbaker

Dan Hawbaker, president and CEO of Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., gives his thanks at the unveiling ceremony

PLEASANT GAP –Approximately four years after it was built, Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology’s Transportation Training Center has been renamed after one of CPI’s biggest advocates.

On Tuesday afternoon, CPI held a dedication ceremony to recognize this new change and unveil the building’s new namesake: the Glenn O. Hawbaker Transportation Training Center.

This will be the first time in the history of CPI, which was founded in 1968, that a building has been renamed, noted CPI President Richard Makin.

The 35,000-square-foot building, which was completed in 2013, was Phase 1 of CPI’s three-phase plan to aid in the school’s growth. Phase 2 is the construction of a 45,836-square-foot, $16.1 million Health Sciences Building (HSB), which recently received $4 million in Redevelopment Capital Program funding from the state. Construction on the HSB is expected to begin next spring, with anticipation to have it ready for occupancy by the fall of 2020.

Back in 2007, Dan Hawbaker, president and CEO of Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., and other individuals were involved in a panel to look into the expansion of CPI. During discussions, construction of a future transportation training center became a priority, explained CPI Vice-President Todd Taylor.

EMMA GOSALVEZ/THE EXPRESS Tom Songer, second from left, CPI Foundation, Inc. chairperson, assists with the unveiling of the new plaque dedicating the Transportation Training Center to Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. Joining him are members of the Hawbaker family, from left, Michael, Dan, and Patrick.

“I think we had the strongest advocate in the region in transportation, advocating the need for commercial drivers, heavy diesel technicians, and heavy equipment operators,” Taylor said. “Mr. Hawbaker was definitely our strongest advocate, and we wanted to get out of the gate with our growth plan with what we knew would be a winner, which was the Transportation Training Center, and it has been tremendously successful.”

The center cost approximately $10 million to build, and was funded from multiple sources, including state grant funding, assistance from a bridge loan, and funds from the school’s capital campaign.

Not only was Dan Hawbaker a strong advocate of the new center, but he also chaired the capital campaign committee to help raise funds, Makin said.

Within a year of occupancy of the new building, CPI was debt-free, he added.

The Glenn O. Hawbaker Transportation Training Center is located adjacent to the main CPI building at 540 N. Harrison Road in Pleasant Gap. The center currently houses four programs: Diesel Equipment Maintenance/Repair Technology, Heavy Equipment Operator Technology, Commercial Driver’s License Training, and Passenger Bus Operator Training.