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Hitachi Energy invests US$10 million to expand its flagship transformer manufacturing facility in Jefferson City, Missouri
On the facility’s 50th anniversary the company is increasing manufacturing capacity with a new production line to meet growing demand for distribution transformers in emerging market segments
Raleigh, North Carolina, May 24, 2022 – Hitachi Energy today announced plans to invest more than US$10 million in the expansion and modernization of its distribution transformer facility in Jefferson City, Missouri to provide additional capacity and enhance its manufacturing capabilities. This expansion, which comes as the company celebrates the facility’s 50th anniversary, highlights the rapid growth in demand from utilities and for newer applications like data centers, solar and wind power generation, and battery energy storage.
The Jefferson City factory is one of Hitachi Energy’s largest transformer manufacturing facilities, spanning an area of more than 600,000 square feet, and hosting approximately 950 employees. The factory produces liquid-filled pad-mount and submersible distribution transformers for the electric grid, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities. Distribution transformers adjust and stabilize the voltage of electricity flowing between the grid and homes or businesses, ensuring an efficient, reliable power supply for millions across the region.
Hitachi Energy’s latest investments are intended to support the establishment of an additional production line for larger distribution transformers, which will address the unique specifications of renewable power generation, and some of the most technically advanced data centers. As part of this modernization effort, investments have been made in automated equipment and changes in factory processes to reduce factory cycle times and improve on-time performance.
The Jefferson City facility has been in operation since 1972 and remains a cornerstone of the company’s manufacturing footprint in the U.S., and a major presence in the manufacturing landscape of the Central Missouri region.
"Hitachi Energy’s expansion in Jefferson City is an important development for the company and the State," said Governor Mike Parson. "As Hitachi Energy celebrates its 50th anniversary as a premier employer here in Central Missouri, we are pleased to see its ongoing support of the regional economy and commitment to bringing good-paying jobs to the community. We are happy to play a role in supporting that success."
For this expansion, Hitachi used the Missouri Works program, a tool that helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. Learn more about Missouri Works
Steve McKinney, Senior VP and Head of Hitachi Energy’s Transformer Business in North America said, “As electricity emerges as the backbone of our entire energy system, more and more sectors of the economy are depending on us to deliver reliable distribution transformers. As a result, we are seeing demand grow faster than most factories can support. As a commitment to our customers and accelerating the clean energy transition, we continue to invest aggressively to ensure that our Jefferson City location can help address that demand and remains at the forefront of innovation.”
Hitachi Energy is actively building its workforce at the Jefferson City location, offering positions across a range of corporate functions and skilled manufacturing roles, from early career to experienced professional opportunities. To learn more visit us at the Hitachi Energy Careers page.
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