Siemens completes N.C. gas turbine manufacturing plant expansion

At Siemens' newly-expanded Charlotte hub and at the company's gas turbine production facility in Berlin, Germany, gas turbines can be manufactured at either location for both 60-Hz and 50-Hz markets

Charlotte, N.C., November 16, 2011 — Siemens Energy completed the company's 450,000-square-foot gas turbine production plant adjacent to its existing steam turbine-generator manufacturing plant in Charlotte, N.C.

When fully operational in spring 2012, the gas turbine factory will complete Siemens' Charlotte Energy Hub, which in this one location will provide the engineering, manufacturing, servicing and other support functions related to the supply of Siemens' gas and steam turbines and generators to markets around the world.

At Siemens' newly-expanded Charlotte hub and at the company's gas turbine production facility in Berlin, Germany, gas turbines can be manufactured at either location for both 60-Hz and 50-Hz markets.

However, as Siemens' Americas hub, Charlotte will be primarily producing gas turbines for the Americas region and other 60-Hz markets, while Berlin is the main production hub for 50-Hz gas turbines, designed for use in Europe and other 50-Hz markets.

In March 2010, Siemens announced it would expand its worldwide manufacturing and service center for power generation equipment in Charlotte, adding gas turbine production and service capabilities to an existing plant for electric generators and steam turbines and LEED Gold certified engineering facility. The groundbreaking for this facility took place in October 2010.

To staff the entire expanded Siemens Energy Charlotte facility, including an expansion to the existing engineering facility, more than 700 high-skilled jobs have already been added to the nearly 700-person existing workforce, with 400 more to be hired by 2014. In addition, it is estimated that another 2,000 indirect jobs will be created as a result of the economic impact of this investment.

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