Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. (SE&A) in December celebrated the dedication of its newly revitalized electric motor manufacturing facility in Norwood, Ohio. After a $30 million investment, the facility has been transformed into a “Global Motor” research and technology development center that will contribute to enhancements in Siemens motors sold throughout the world.

The Norwood Motor Manufacturing Facility, originally built in 1898, was the first manufacturing facility in Norwood, Ohio, and is one of Siemens' oldest manufacturing facilities in the world. Siemens spent more than $10 million to renovate and expand existing buildings and more than $17 million to purchase new machinery and equipment including $8.5 million worth of machinery and equipment to be used for research and development.

The state of Ohio provided a number of incentives to Siemens to help secure the investment and proceed with the upgrade. Siemens employs more than 400 people at its Norwood plant.

The dedication was attended by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, who applauded the expansion. “Ohio's economic prowess has been driven by manufacturing. And investments by global manufacturing companies such as Siemens represent the future of Ohio's economic landscape,” Strickland says.

“Siemens is committed to our employees and to manufacturing in the U.S.,” says Dennis Sadlowski, president and CEO, Siemens Energy & Automation. “With the strong workforce here in Norwood and the expansion complete, Siemens is confident the Norwood facility will remain a center of excellence for the company by producing the highest-quality motors for our customers and driving motor technology innovations that will dramatically improve the efficiency of manufacturing throughout the world.”

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