SPX Transformer Solutions, Inc., one of the largest manufacturers of power transformers in the United States, announced earlier this week they that are expanding their facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The company supplies of complete transformer service solutions, comprehensive maintenance training, and transformer, load tap changer and oil circuit breaker components.
The facility was expanded approximately 50% in order to increase the company's capacity to manufacture large power units for the North American power grid. Initiated in 2010 at a total cost of approximately $70 million, the expansion created more than 200 construction, engineering and skilled manufacturing jobs in Waukesha and the surrounding community.
"By expanding our facility, we have significantly increased our capacity to produce the transformers that we believe will be an essential component of addressing America's rapidly aging power grid infrastructure," said CEO Chris Kearney.
With a total of 432,000 square feet and additional crane capacity now up to 500 tons, SPX's larger, facility extends SPX's capacity to manufacture the medium and large power transformers utilized by electric utilities, independent power producers and independent transmission operators.
"Many of the transformers currently installed in the North American power grid are either at or near the end of their service lifetime, so there's a compelling need to replace them to avoid potential power disruptions," explained Thom Farrell, president of SPX Transformer Solutions."Demand for new, more efficient transformers is growing and we believe the positive order trends we've seen over the past year are an early indication that a new investment cycle may be underway as a result of the aging transformer issue. Our new manufacturing capacity will help ensure that SPX will be well positioned to meet future demand for new transformers."
SPX Transformer Solutions, Inc has more than 800 employees nationwide.