Siemens Energy executive Michael Süess outlines the company’s plans for Charlotte. N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue (far right) touts the project as “another huge win” for the city and state. ( Credit Photo @ Orlando Business Journal)
will invest at least $170 million to expand a gas turbine manufacturing facility that will create 825 new jobs in Charlotte in the next five years and establish the plant as a global production hub.The expansion will total 450,000 square feet, including a 380,000-square-foot plant that will house North American operations for producing and repairing gas turbines. Those operations are being consolidated from existing Siemens Energy plants in Hamilton, Ontario, and Orlando. About 70,000 square feet of office space will also be part of the new complex at 5101 Westinghouse Blvd., where the company owns 292 acres. That will give the company about 1 million square feet at the site.The company will first add 660 workers in an initial $135 million investment. It will eventually have a total of 1,800 employees in southwest Charlotte after completing hiring.Of the new jobs, 440 will be hourly manufacturing positions; the remainder are administrative and other salaried jobs. The hourly positions will pay an average of $25.50; salaried workers will average $70,000 annually.Siemens Energy Director of Operations Mark Pringle says most of the new jobs will be local hires. Siemens will shut down the plant in Canada and move about 60 jobs. The workers in Ontario were notified this morning, he says.According to a report in the national Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, about 550 positions in Ontario will be eliminated in the plant closing.Siemens will keep its facility in Orlando — located at 4400 N. Alafaya Trail — but about 50 positions tied to gas-turbine manufacturing will relocate to Charlotte.
Source : Orlando Business Journal