TAMPA, Fla.—Siemens and Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corp. celebrated the grand opening of their new joint venture, Advanced Airfoil Components, in Hillsborough County in October. The partnership represents a capital investment of $139 million and is expected to add 350 jobs for Floridians. Advanced Airfoil Components will hire workers for a range of skilled positions, including technical engineers, manufacturing technicians, and production workers, as well as human resources, finance, procurement and logistics, and operations roles.
“Advanced Airfoil Components’ new facility demonstrates Siemens’ commitment to delivering state-of-the-art technology solutions for our power and gas customers in the United States and throughout the world,” said Lisa Davis, CEO Energy, Siemens AG, in a press release. “Not only does this joint venture help reduce costs and support our supply chain needs, but it will create 350 high-wage, skilled positions, including technical engineers, manufacturing technicians, and production workers, and expand Siemens’ more than 5,000-employees footprint in Florida.”
The Advanced Airfoil Components (AAC) casting facility is 210,000 square feet and will enable production of the entire range of blades and vanes for Siemens’ gas turbine fleet, including the newest 9000HL. The build-out of the facility’s equipment is being done in stages and will be completed over the next four years, Siemens said in the release. The stand-alone manufacturing plant, which began construction in 2017, was established to exclusively supply Siemens with casting components for its gas turbines.
“Advanced Airfoil Components is proud to exclusively deliver innovative, high-tech casting components for Siemens gas turbines at this new, state-of-the-art site,” said Kevin Updegrove, CEO, Advanced Airfoil Components. “The new space will allow Advanced Airfoil Components to grow this new business with Siemens and Chromalloy, taking our partnership to the next level.”
In 2019, AAC will recruit to fill a wide range of positions and plans to work with the industry-led partnership organization, Florida Makes, to recruit veterans and other highly-skilled employees from the state’s manufacturing sector.
“Chromalloy is committed to advancing the technological development and job growth in the aerospace and energy industries throughout Florida,” said Tom Mepham, CEO of Sequa Corporation, the parent company of Chromalloy. “Our collaboration with Siemens in the creation of Advanced Airfoil Components is a natural progression in our partnership that will ensure success and financial profitability in this market space.”
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Hillsborough County, and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.
“Manufacturing has a long history in Hillsborough County and continues to be a target industry for us because it’s a source of innovation for a wide range of industries and offers high growth potential for our local economy,” said Craig J. Richard, president and CEO of Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. “The addition of Advanced Airfoil Components will bring great prestige to Hillsborough County, and we are committed to supporting them as they establish and grow their operations here.”
The announcement reflects Chromalloy’s continuing investment in Florida, which includes five locations that employ more than 700 people.
Florida ranks among the nation’s top 10 states for manufacturing and is home to more than 19,000 manufacturers. More than 331,000 Floridians work in the state’s manufacturing industries, and the state’s schools, community colleges, and universities are among the nation’s top producers of STEM graduates.