Siemens Industry to open S.C. plant in 2012
Transportation, workforce attract mechanical drives division facility to Maudlin
Siemens Industry, Inc. will open its new an assembly and manufacturing plant in Maudlin, S.C. later this year. The company said the new 46,500 sq. ft. facility would support its mechanical drives business unit’s drives technology division.
“The new South Carolina geared motor facility will place the company and its products manufactured in South Carolina closer to machine builders and manufacturers in the Southeastern United States,” said Doug Keith, president of Siemens Drive Technologies Division in the U.S. “The announcement of this plant adds to Siemens ability to be a single-source provider of integrated drive train solutions for industry”
The facility will assemble Siemens new Simogear family of geared motors, featuring helical, parallel shaft, and helical bevel gear units primarily used in modern conveyor systems often found in warehousing, logistics and distribution, airport baggage handling, automotive manufacturing and food and beverage processing.
Keith said the South Carolina site met the criteria Siemens sought in a location for the facility, including proximity to transportation infrastructure, a highly skilled workforce, a green-minded community and a dedicated group of business partners.
“It’s a great day in South Carolina when a world-class company like Siemens chooses to locate new operations in our state. We celebrate the company’s decision to invest in South Carolina and create new jobs. Announcements like this show we are doing the right things to attract businesses from around the globe to our state,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Local Siemens officials are currently working with readySC and Greenville Technical College on workforce development and training needs. Siemens plans to begin hiring in October and individuals interested in learning more may visit the Siemens career web site at www.usa.siemens.com/careers.
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