According to Doug Keith, President of Siemens Drive Technologies Division, the new South Carolina geared motor facility will place the company and its products manufactured in South Carolina closer to machine builders and manufacturers in the Southeastern United States.
“The announcement of this plant adds to Siemens’ ability to be a single-source provider of integrated drive train solutions for industry,” Keith said. “Our portfolio of gears, motors, drives and automation is helping to lead a global transformation of the industrial and manufacturing sector, by increasing productivity and energy efficiency to levels never experienced before.”
The new plant will be an assembly and manufacturing facility, part of the company’s Drives Technologies Division, Mechanical Drives Business Unit. The 45,600-square-
“It’s a great day in South Carolina when a world-class company like Siemens chooses to locate new operations in our state. Announcements like this show we are doing the right things to attract businesses from around the globe to our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
Keith added that the site combined all of the necessary elements Siemens was seeking in a location, including proximity to transportation infrastructure, such as interstates and ports, a highly skilled workforce with reputable educational institutions nearby, a green-minded community and a dedicated group of business partners.
“Siemens has been an important part of South Carolina’s business community for years and it’s exciting to see them bring a new manufacturing operation to the Palmetto State. Every one of these jobs will have an impact locally. South Carolina continues to show companies from around the world that it is the right place to do business,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
Companies from more than 40 countries employ more than 100,000 South Carolinians. Since 2006, Germany-based companies have committed to invest more than $5 billion and create more than 13,000 jobs.
Throughout the site selection process, Siemens officials worked closely with several entities that were instrumental in the decision to locate in Mauldin, including the State of South Carolina, Greenville County, the City of Mauldin and Laurens Electric Cooperative.
“We’re pleased that Siemens recognizes the many advantages that the City of Mauldin and Greenville County offers their company for long-term growth and success,” said Chris Riley, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation Board of Directors. “Their decision to launch operations here is an important reaffirmation of this region’s focus on growing our advanced manufacturing capabilities for industry. As a technology-driven organization with global reach and blue chip customers across numerous industry sectors, Siemens is a prized addition to the Upstate business community.”
Local Siemens officials are currently working with Greenville Technical College on workforce development and to determine necessary skill sets for various positions. Individuals interested in learning more about employment opportunities may visit the Siemens career web site at www.usa.siemens.com/
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a Governor’s Closing Fund grant for $50,000 and job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.
Siemens Industry Sector is the world’s leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products, solutions and services for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the sector enhances its customers’ productivity, efficiency and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services Divisions as well as the Metals Technologies Business Unit. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com.