Siemens Energy Plans $135 Million Expansion
Gov. Bev Perdue has announced that Siemens Energy Inc. will expandÂ its gas turbine operations in Charlotte, NC.Â The company plans to add 825 jobs and invest at least $135 million over the next five years, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.Â The expansion was supported by state grants from the Job Development Investment Grant program and One North Carolina Fund.
â€śCreating jobs is my No. 1 priority and this expansion of hundreds of well-paying jobs for Â North Carolinians is a big win,â€ť said Gov. Perdue.Â â€śOur knowledge-based workforce and our Â top business climate continue to be attractive toÂ globally-competitive companies looking to expand and locate.â€ť
Siemens Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG , plans to expand its Westinghouse Boulevard campus and relocate gas turbine manufacturing operations from a plant in Ontario, Canada. The company also previously announced plans to add additional office space for new engineers in Charlotte as it creates a global production hub for manufacturing and relatedÂ functions for the supply of its gas and steam turbines and generators to markets around the world.
The overall average wage for the 825 new jobs will be almost $64,000 a year, not including benefits. That is higher than the Mecklenburg County averageÂ of $48,776. The company currently employs 777 workers at the Charlotte site, and more than 60,000 in the United States.
â€śThe U.S. is Siemensâ€™ largest market, and this latest strategic business decision further emphasizes our commitment to expand and continue to invest in ourÂ U.S. presence. We already supply the power systems that provide one third of the nationâ€™s electricity, and through this expansion in Charlotte, we will be ableÂ to continue bringing efficient and competitive power-generation options to customers around the world,â€ť said Michael Suess, CEO of Siemens Energyâ€™sÂ Fossil Power Generation Division.
â€śWeâ€™ve had a presence in the Charlotte area and in other areas inÂ North Carolina for decades, and it was our first-hand knowledge of the excellent business environment here that convinced us to expand our investment further. We owe many thanks to the State of North Carolina for its ongoing dedication to our business success.â€ť
Other partners who assisted with this project include: the N.C. departments of Commerce and Transportation, N.C. Community Colleges, the CityÂ of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Employment Security Commission, Charlotte Chamber, Norfolk Southern and Duke Energy.