3/15/2011 - Buffalo, MN Earlier this month, Christopher Koch, President of Hance Utility Services, announced his company's plans to begin marketing their utility locator training under the new name 'The Locator School' beginning in the spring of 2011. Koch, whose firm has been offering third party locator training throughout the US since 2002, said the decision to market Hance's training services under a unique brand reflected their commitment to meet growing customer demand in that area. "2010 was a really good year for us on the training side of the business," Koch said. "We're looking to build on that momentum by making it easier for customers to identify us as a training organization."

While The Locator School may be a new name, neither Koch nor Hance Utility Services are new to damage prevention. A second generation family business founded in 1983, Hance Utility Services was among the first companies to offer contract locating services in the upper midwest. Koch, who will serve as President and Lead Instructor for The Locating School, has been in the industry since 1996 and formerly served as head of training at STS/UtiliQuest.

Todd Harmon, a previous training customer through Xcel Energy, had this to say about the training offered by Koch, "It's built on a common sense approach to understanding locate theory and how to use the equipment." Harmon went on to say, "The best thing about it was the flexibility coupled with the value they were able to provide. It gave us an ideal opportunity for our locators and troublemen to learn more about locating."

The Locator School has three instructors and offers a variety of training programs around the country, including a two-day workshop known as "Competency 1,2,3" aimed at helping customers meet CALOSH Qualified Person as well as the NULCA Competence Standards. More information is available on the organization's website at www.thelocatorschool.com .