Siemens Completes $36M Manufacturing Facility Expansion in South Carolina, Adds More Than 180 New Jobs
May 17, 2021
- The Siemens Spartanburg electrical products manufacturing hub expands to meet growing demand of critical infrastructure market
- Facility initiates an apprenticeship program to fill skilled manufacturing jobs
- New additions and upgrades help plant decrease energy consumption by 13 percent
Siemens’ Spartanburg, South Carolina manufacturing facility has completed a three-year expansion, adding more than 180 new positions and 52,000 square feet to one of the company’s key manufacturing hubs. An integral facility for the company’s Smart Infrastructure operations in the U.S., the plant saw a need to expand its footprint due to an increase in demand from infrastructure customers across the construction, industrial and data center markets.
"Siemens is an important part of our South Carolina community and their growth is a reason to celebrate. We congratulate them on their latest expansion and look forward to their continued success," said Governor Henry McMaster.
The 530-employee Spartanburg facility, in operation for more than 50 years, produces busway products, lighting panels and power distribution switchboards for commercial buildings and critical electrical infrastructure for applications ranging from electric vehicle manufacturing to data centers for major cloud service providers. Experiencing record order intake due to increased adoption of cloud computing, IoT devices, and overall digitalization of operations, amongst other factors, the factory first broke ground on the $36 million multiphase expansion in 2018, which was made possible in part by state and local support.
“Siemens’ critical infrastructure technologies, manufactured by the skilled workforce here in Spartanburg, are supporting the industries that form the backbone of America’s economy,” said Barbara Humpton, President & CEO, Siemens U.S. “As this economy rebounds, and the need for innovative infrastructure grows, our expanded Spartanburg facility will play a vital role in ensuring our customers and America’s supply chain remains strong -- just as it has throughout the pandemic.”
Over the course of the expansion, the facility identified the need to initiate an apprenticeship program to prepare workers for skilled positions in the manufacturing sector. Three apprentices participated in the program where they pursued curriculum in either mechatronics or machine tool technology at Spartanburg Community College while receiving hands-on manufacturing training and experience at the Siemens facility.
“Today is an exciting day for the Spartanburg facility, as well as our infrastructure operations across the U.S.,” said Barry Powell, Head of Electrical Products, Siemens North America. “The expansion not only allows us to better support our customers, but to provide quality jobs and training for the community. We pride ourselves on being a supporter of both South Carolina and U.S. manufacturing and thank our local and state government for helping make this growth possible.”
The newly expanded 237,000-square-foot facility includes a new plating line, additional manufacturing equipment, and more than 50,000 square feet of additional floorspace for increased production. The facility also decreased its energy consumption by 13 percent through a newly installed plating line that reduces water and energy consumption in addition to LED lighting retrofits, energy efficient HVAC units and the implementation of a wood pallet recycling program.
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Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI) is shaping the market for intelligent, adaptive infrastructure for today and the future. It addresses the pressing challenges of urbanization and climate change by connecting energy systems, buildings and industries. SI provides customers with a comprehensive end-to-end portfolio from a single source – with products, systems, solutions and services from the point of power generation all the way to consumption. With an increasingly digitalized ecosystem, it helps customers thrive and communities progress while contributing toward protecting the planet. SI creates environments that care. With around 70,000 employees worldwide, Siemens Smart Infrastructure has its global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, and its U.S. corporate headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA.
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. Active around the world, the company focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Siemens brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. Through Mobility, a leading supplier of intelligent mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is helping to shape the world market for passenger and freight services. Via its majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital health services. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power that has been listed on the stock exchange since September 28, 2020. In fiscal 2020, Siemens Group USA generated revenue of $17 billion and employs approximately 40,000 people serving customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.