GC America Celebrates Grand Opening of New State-of-the-Art Facility

GC America Celebrates Grand Opening of New State-of-the-Art Facility
Posted: July 30, 2019 / Source: GC America Press Release

Edited by Dentaltown staff

ALSIP, Ill.—Dignitaries and distinguished dental professionals from all over the United States came together on Friday, July 26, to celebrate the grand opening of GC America’s new facility in Alsip, Illinois. The new building is now accommodating more than 200 associates and features a state-of-the-art education center, which consists of an all new seminar hall, training laboratory and operatory.

Construction on the new facility began in July 2017 and was completed in June 2019. The expansion is largely made of reinforced concrete and consists of 53,374 square feet of offices with 10 conference rooms on two levels, including a training laboratory, seminar rooms, research and development spaces, as well as 64,940 square feet of warehousing. This has allowed for the transplant of manufacturing projects and, for the first time, the unification of GC America associates at one consolidated Alsip location.

The grand opening began with a traditional Shinto blessing and purifying ceremony, performed by Senior Shinto Priest Rev. Lawrence Koichi Barrish of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America. A handful of GC executives and distinguished guests also participated in the ceremony.

After the blessing, speeches were given by Dr. Clark Stanford (dean, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry), Dr. Kiyotaka Nakao (president and CEO of GC Corporation and GC International AG), Dr. Jeffery Cole (ADA president), Erin Guthrie (acting director, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity), Naoki Ito (consul-general of Japan), Jeff Stiner (president, Kajima Building & Design Group) and Torsten Gilles (president, GC America).

“Not only does our family of [associates] get to work in a beautiful new space, this facility was created to unify our associates by bringing them under one roof,” Nakao said in his speech. “All of our Nakama's great work has led us to the grand opening of this wonderful facility.”

“We are exceptionally proud of our new state-of-the-art education center, which is the centerpiece of this new facility,” Gilles added in his closing statements. “…we will be able to provide dental professionals with the most advanced tools to meet their continuing education needs.”

For more information, visit gcamerica.com.

 

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