Siemens Industry, Inc. has invested approximately $10 million upgrading two buildings at its recently-updated manufacturing plant located in West Chicago, Ill., one of which will support the growing demand for U.S. solar power.
Following a multi-million dollar contract secured earlier this year, Siemens is currently producing SINVERT PVS inverters in West Chicago to support a 20MW solar project in the Southwest United States. Commissioning of the inverters is scheduled to take place this October. In addition to producing solar inverters, Siemens also manufactures motor control centers, enclosed motor starters, switchboards and control cabinets at the facilities.
“This is a proud day for Siemens as our West Chicago operations will continue to position the company as a leader within the solar industry, and further support the demand for new, clean sources of energy in the U.S.,” says Raj Batra, president, Industry Automation division, Siemens Industry, Inc. “The production of our solar inverters is helping to transform the American manufacturing landscape from one of blue-collar to ‘green-collar’ jobs.”
Siemens West Chicago manufacturing facilities comprises 200,000 square-feet in two buildings and employs 350 people. Siemens has renovated and modernized both buildings, implementing a number of employee suggestions designed to improve productivity and efficiency.