Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, will construct a new 160,000 square foot manufacturing plant in El Paso, Texas. The project is expected to create 400 new jobs.
Located in the Northwest Corporate Center, the 'engineer-to-order' facility will produce customized low voltage switchboards that distribute electricity to one or more sources in commercial settings, according to company officials. As part of a $100 million regional investment, the company will increase production and speed the delivery of electrical products to customers in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2022.
"The supply chain challenges of the past year have demonstrated the importance of increasing our domestic manufacturing capacity as quickly as possible," said Annette Clayton, CEO and President, Schneider Electric North America. "Our new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in El Paso will allow us to get products into the hands of our distributors and end users more quickly, and it will bring an estimated $138 million in economic value to the local area."
The new facility will be Schneider's fourth in the city and its 20th in the U.S. and make El Paso home to Schneider Electric's largest manufacturing operation in the country.
"This exciting announcement reaffirms that the Borderplex region is the solution to the global supply chain crisis. Schneider Electric is a world-class company and global leader in energy management and automation. This manufacturing plant will generate hundreds of great-paying jobs and play a critical role in securing North America's manufacturing base. We are grateful to Schneider Electric and our partners at the city and county for coming together to help move our region forward," said Jon Barela, CEO, Borderplex Alliance.
Schneider Electric's investment also expands its North American manufacturing capacity using company-owned land in Tlaxcala, Mexico to build a new manufacturing plant. The company is also evaluating existing buildings in Mexico City to renovate into a manufacturing operation. In November 2021, Schneider announced that beyond bolstering its manufacturing capacity, the company has vetted and approved more than 100 new suppliers and secured strategic buys of raw materials to support increased demand and improve continuity of supply.