Siemens invests $7.2 million in Pennsylvania facility
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. (SE&A) announced at a groundbreaking ceremony that it is investing $7.2 million to expand its New Kensington, PA manufacturing facility. The plant expansion site, formerly known as Robicon, was acquired by SE&A in July‘05. Siemens plans to create 145 new full-time positions upon completion of the expansion for a total of 480 positions in New Kensington. The 30,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to be completed in March 2007.
By expanding and redesigning the facility, Siemens will develop a more efficient and productive manufacturing plant. The new facility will support SE&A's growing large drives business, specifically the Robicon Perfect Harmony brand. The enhanced plant will be dedicated to developing, assembling and testing large variable frequency drives that are used in oil and gas, power generation, and municipal wastewater applications. In addition to the new facility, SE&A will maintain its current New Kensington plant facility and offices along with its technical product development center in nearby Plum Borough, PA.
“The New Kensington facility is of significant importance to Siemens' growth strategy," said Gary Rauscher, vice president and general manager, Large Drives, Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. "We are confident that it will become a center of excellence for Siemens by producing the highest-quality large drives for our customers and by accelerating drive technology innovations that will dramatically improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process throughout the world."
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