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Siemens celebrates grand opening of Pittsburgh Service Centre

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Siemens has celebrated the opening of the company’s new 300 000 ft2 Pittsburgh Service Centre (PSC), located in Mount Pleasant. The US$32 million state-of-the-art facility was made possible by a capital investment from Siemens and is home to Siemens Turbine Generator Specialty Services (TGSS), which supports approximately 150 employees working in the company’s large-scale turbine and generator business. The PSC is located on a site being redeveloped by Regional Industrial Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) in partnership with the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation. The property is owned by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.

Siemens, a global engineering and technology leader, built the PSC to consolidate its Power Generation Services work, which was previously performed at two separate locations in the greater Pittsburgh area, the New Kensington Tooling Facility and Penn Hall Service and Development Centre. The new facility specialises in field service maintenance, repairs, modifications and the modernisation of large-scale turbines and generators for the power generation industry.

“The new Pittsburgh Service Centre demonstrates Siemens’ commitment to manufacturing and servicing world-class technologies that support our power and gas customers in the US and throughout the world,” said Tim Holt, President, Power Generation Services, Siemens. “Combining our power and gas service facilities helps ensure our business is fit for the future, and better integrates the expertise of our Siemens team under one roof so we can serve our customers even better.”

“The RIDC Westmoreland facility has been the focus of substantial state investment which has resulted in the attraction of a world-class corporation,” said Dennis Davin, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “Siemens’ investment in Southwest Pennsylvania further emphasises their commitment to the region and its impact will continue to be felt for years to come.”

The new facility will enhance Siemens’ training, tooling and process development, resource and project management capabilities, and house its sales, marketing, and customer relationship management teams. The centre will help maximise efficiency and improve tooling and processing equipment for specialty service groups, such as tooling development, light fabrication, equipment repairs, machining support, and hands-on training for employees.

“The Pittsburgh Service Centre continues Siemens’ legacy of serving long-standing customers in the region, while also providing innovative solutions to the company’s global power and gas business,” said David Brubaker, Director Field Service North America, Siemens. “We’re pleased that our core team of highly skilled engineers and technicians is able to continue serving our customers from the Pittsburgh community.”

Since moving into the new facility in Mount Pleasant, Siemens has formed an apprenticeship programme for machining and welding students with the Westmoreland County Community College’s (WCCC) Advanced Technology Centre, which is located on campus next to the PSC. The programme was co-developed between Siemens and WCCC to incorporate in-classroom learning with hands-on work experience for tooling and processes used to service the power generation industry. The WCCC offers curriculum in machining, welding, mechatronics and several other industrial skills that complement work performed at Siemens’ PSC as well as in the field. To date, several students from WCCC have been hired by Siemens and have become valuable contributors to the success of Siemens.

Donald Smith Jr., President of RIDC, said: “Siemens is one of our region’s great business assets, helping to fuel economic development and growth of the Westmoreland community. By developing programs with WCCC – which is also an anchor presence on this campus – Siemens is demonstrating the value the Advanced Technology Centre can provide to employers while building a highly skilled local workforce.”

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