The Vale legacy: a timeline of training innovation.
In our long history of training “firsts“, it is estimated that over 50,000 individuals have been trained through Vale over the past 60 years. Here's how it all began.
Established in the early 1940’s in Blairsville, PA, Vale Technical Institute was known as the “Ivy League of Technical Schools”. Vale offered training classes for the automobile repair trades and adopted the nickname “Vale Tech”. During WWII, Vale even trained females (a first in that era) to repair automobiles. Students in the automobile repair trade classes went through an eighteen-month training regime learning all phases of auto repair while living in dormitory style accommodations. In 1948, State Farm approached Vale Tech about conducting auto estimating classes for claims adjusters - and a three-week auto estimating class was first offered in 1949. The course was called Automotive Estimatics. Eventually the word Estimatics was registered for a trade mark, which is still current today. Estimatics is defined as “the analytic approach to automobile damage estimating”.
CBS Television Co. bought Vale Tech and folded it into their portfolio of other trade schools. Vale began offering the first residential building damage estimating course to the insurance industry, closely followed by the development of Vale Labs Research, a research department designed to advance estimating techniques.
CBS decided to shed their trade schools and Vale was purchased by the National Education Corporation of Newport Beach, CA. Seeking to separate the estimating training from the automobile repair enterprise, the estimating department was relocated to Chambersburg, PA and renamed VALE NATIONAL. The Chambersburg location was housed on the campus of Wilson College, a private women’s college. College dorms were used for housing, four to a room, with classrooms and estimating areas in separate buildings.
In 1985, Vale National was sold to Lindsey Newsom Claims Adjusters of Tyler, TX. The company was incorporated in Texas as VALE NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, INC. Vale National opened a Vale Central location in Arlington, TX in 1988. Vale Central was the first Vale location to have a complete residential house built inside the location for estimating training.
Vale East was moved from Wilson College in Chambersburg to a new location in Mechanicsburg, PA in 1990. This new Vale East location also had a complete house built inside the estimating training area.
The 21st Century
In 2008, the trade name was changed to VALE TRAINING SOLUTIONS, representing a new focus to serve clients with a broad spectrum of training delivery and services. On January 1, 2009, Jon McCreath was named President of VALE NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, INC and VALE TRAINING SOLUTIONS. Today, Vale is proud to continue our tradition of providing innovative state-of-the-art training that will ensure your staff’s proficiency and productivity for generations to come.