The company will invest in existing and new sites in Texas and California that develop electrical equipment for critical infrastructure systems
March 4, 2022
WASHINGTON—Siemens, a developer and manufacturer of power infrastructure, will invest $54 million across key U.S. manufacturing facilities that serve critical infrastructure markets, the company said in a release. Company representatives joined President Biden at the White House today to make the announcement.
Siemens is investing in its existing electrical infrastructure manufacturing hub in Grand Prairie, Texas, and in a greenfield manufacturing site for electrical infrastructure and make-ready electrical vehicle (EV) charging equipment in Pomona, California. The company’s investment also includes a manufacturing location, which has not yet been chosen, for EV charging equipment aimed at spurring domestic manufacturing of Level 2 charging.
The expansion translates to nearly 300 new jobs, the company said, with more to come across Siemens’ regional supply chains.
“This commitment from Siemens proves the ripple effect that infrastructure investment can have to support well-paying, high-skilled jobs for workers, not just in one city or state, but in communities across America,” said Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA, in the release. “We continue to be encouraged by the momentum we see to not only prioritize our nation’s infrastructure, but to usher in a new era of American manufacturing and technology leadership that will shape our country’s future.”
Siemens’ investment will expand the company’s footprint for manufacturing low- and medium-voltage equipment and EV charging products, as well as power distribution equipment to serve the expanding EV market, according to the release.
Siemens has experienced continued demand for its products in critical infrastructure markets, such as data centers, EVs, and semiconductor manufacturing, the company said. In response, it will invest more than $10 million to expand its existing Smart Infrastructure manufacturing hub in Grand Prairie, Texas. There, Siemens manufactures circuit breakers and equipment that support essential power infrastructure in some of the country’s most critical installations, including data centers, industrial sites, and healthcare facilities.
The expansion will include a 25,000-square-foot addition, featuring a new electric-powered paint line that will reportedly help the facility reduce its carbon footprint by 90 percent.
More than 500 people work at the plant, which underwent a previous expansion in 2017.
Siemens is also investing more than $40 million to build a greenfield manufacturing site to replace a legacy facility in Pomona, California. At this location, the company will produce vital low-voltage electrical equipment for industrial and commercial installations, in addition to “make-ready” power distribution equipment to serve the expanding EV market, Siemens said in the release.
New EV Charging Manufacturing Hub to Support Rapid Market Growth
Siemens said it intends to build more than a million EV chargers for the U.S. over the next four years. It will take a step toward achieving this goal by selecting a new manufacturing site for its Made in America VersiCharge Level 2 AC series product line and additional advanced eMobility solutions.
The new facility will be the company’s third U.S. eMobility hub and is projected to support more than 100 new jobs across the manufacturing site and regional supply chain. Siemens plans to identify a location this later this spring and bring the facility online shortly after, the company said.
In addition to the investments announced today, Siemens has continued to grow its Smart Infrastructure footprint in the U.S. to meet the need for advanced infrastructure systems.
Spartanburg Facility Expanded to Meet Growing Demand for Critical Infrastructure
Siemens completed a three-year expansion of its Spartanburg, South Carolina facility last May, adding more than 180 new positions and 52,000 square feet to one of its key manufacturing hubs. The company saw a need to expand the 530-employee plant, an integral facility for the company’s Smart Infrastructure operations in the U.S., due to increased demand from infrastructure customers across the construction, industrial, and data center markets.
The facility has been operating for more than 50 years. It produces busway products, lighting panels, and power distribution switchboards for commercial buildings and critical electrical infrastructure. Applications range from electric vehicle manufacturing to data centers for major cloud service providers, the company said.
Manufacturing Critical Low- and Medium-Voltage Equipment
Siemens is also manufacturing low- and medium-voltage power equipment at its Russelectric® facilities in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Hingham, Massachusetts. These facilities manufacture low- and medium-voltage power equipment for hospitals, data centers, and other mission-critical facilities. Both manufacturing locations are adding to their employee bases to respond to growing demand for critical power infrastructure, the company said.
Siemens USA’s network of 26 manufacturing sites supports customers across healthcare, transportation, industry, and infrastructure. One of the company’s facilities is the Siemens Mobility rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, California, which employs more than 2,000 people. Siemens reported it has invested $40 billion in the United States over the past two decades, including a recent $32 million investment in its Healthineers diagnostics manufacturing facility in Newark, Delaware.