Cheng Concrete opens training facility in Atlanta

The Cheng Concrete Training Academy has announced a nationwide expansion, starting with a facility located in Atlanta, Ga., called the Cheng Center of Excellence – Atlanta.

This new training facility will offer the curriculum developed by author and designer Fu- Tung Cheng and his team of concrete professionals, starting with the Essentials Workshop, a oneday seminar imparting the basics of concrete countertop design and education. The Essentials Workshop is offered on a convenient, monthly basis at the Cheng Center of Excellence – Atlanta as of Jan. 5, 2008. According to a Cheng news release, the professional concrete countertop industry is growing at a particularly rapid pace in the Southeast, second only to the California market, which is considered the birthplace of the concrete countertop industry.

The Cheng Center of Excellence – Atlanta is headed by David Akers, a Cheng-certified designer and fabricator of custom concrete products. After starting his career as a designer and builder of high-end cabinets, he designed and fabricated his first concrete countertop in 1972. He continued working with concrete while spending years in bridge design, engineering and construction. More recently, he owned and managed a successful firm in the Atlanta area specializing in the design and development of medical facilities. His newest endeavor, Amelia Concrete Fusion, which provides design, fabrication, and installation of custom concrete products for residential and commercial use, will serve as the southeastern headquarters for the Cheng Center.

The Cheng Center in Atlanta is the first of many Cheng training facilities expected to open across the United States over the course of the next year. By attending any of the Cheng Concrete Training Academy classes (Essentials Training, Advanced Training Seminar, and Concrete Countertop Fabricator Training) individuals can start becoming fully schooled in the Cheng design aesthetic.

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