Siemens has announced it will build a new production plant for 60-Hertz gas turbines at its existing facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company will create a new global production hub for gas and steam turbines and generators for supply to the U.S. and other 60-Hz markets. The plant represents an initial investment of approximately $135 million. Production is slated to start in the fall of 2011.
"Following construction of the two production plants for wind turbines in Fort Madison and Hutchinson, the decision to expand the Charlotte production hub is further proof of our commitment to the important U.S. market," said Peter Löscher, President and CEO of Siemens AG. "Over the next five years, we expect employment at the Charlotte site to grow to nearly 1,800 people, with more than 1,000 of those positions new to Charlotte. With this move we're pushing ahead with our growth strategy in the U.S., which is our most important single-country market. Over the last 10 years, we've made acquisitions in the U.S. totaling more than $25 billion."
Siemens has operations and personnel in all 50 states and employs a total U.S. work force of some 64,000; 10,000 of these workers are employed in the energy sector. In the future all Siemens gas turbines for 60-Hertz markets, such as North and South America, will be produced at the new Charlotte facility.
"The new plant will be the most advanced gas turbine production site in North America and set new benchmarks in terms of quality, productivity, and competitiveness in what is, by far, the world's most important power market," said Wolfgang Dehen, CEO of Siemens Energy. "By producing all 60-Hz gas turbines in the U.S., we'll also reduce the distance products have to be shipped to most customers, thus reducing related CO2 emissions."