Industry representatives, government officials, students and educators came out last Saturday to celebrate the opening of the new Franklin Street Marine Corridor building and the International Yacht Restoration School's new Marine Systems Training facility in Bristol, R.I.
"This is a unique place that is an incubator for marine businesses as well as flexible space for marine trades expansion ... and includes an education component," said Andy Tyska, developer of the Franklin Street Corridor, in a statement.
Tyska started his Bristol Marine full-service boatyard at the site about 10 years ago. The industrial park has since grown to include new buildings with 20 marine-related businesses. Plus, IYRS set up a Marine Systems Training Facility at the park to offer courses in electrical, engine, A/C and other boat systems. The school will now occupy an additional 5,000-foot section of the new building.
Clark Poston, program director at IYRS, said the school anticipates "big growth" in the next several years.
"The new facility represents the culmination of an idea to bring the marine trades and related educational programs together and both should benefit by the association," he said in a statement.
For information about the Franklin Street Marine Corridor, contact Tyska at (401) 253-2200. For information about IYRS Marine Systems training programs, contact director of admissions John Freer at (401) 848-5777, ext. 203.