GE to invest $7.4 million in Iowa switchgear manufacturing facility

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General Electric’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $7.4 million in its West Burlington, Iowa, manufacturing facility and creating 120 new jobs. The investment will be used to expand GE’s medium-voltage product development and production in North America.

Once the new ANSI/IEEE medium-voltage switchgear production line is added, GE’s West Burlington facility will manufacture a full range of medium-voltage solutions including arc-resistant, air-insulated switchgear for new installations and retrofit applications.

GE will use advanced manufacturing processes to improve product quality and durability, and to ensure its products are made with speed and agility, which will shorten customer lead times.

This investment comes on the heels of a $1.3 million investment that GE made in its West Burlington facility last year to upgrade its manufacturing capabilities. This investment enables GE to add new production machines, test equipment and work stations for its employees.

The medium-voltage electrical equipment that will be manufactured at this facility can be found in a wide array of commercial and industrial applications. For example, medium-voltage switchgear and circuit breakers are commonplace in mission-critical facilities such as hospitals, universities, commercial office buildings and entertainment arenas, as well as in industrial applications including high-tech processing, oil and gas operations, water and wastewater facilities and utilities.

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