Alstom Grid opens disconnect switch facility in Pennsylvania

Charleroi, Pa., March 7, 2011 — Alstom Grid celebrated the opening of a new disconnect switch manufacturing facility in Charleroi, Pennsylvania that will strengthen the company’s ability to deliver switches tailored to the needs of U.S. customers.

Spanning 25,000 square feet, the facility complements Alstom Grid’s U.S. presence and benefits from a local talent pool with experience in high-voltage equipment.

Tours of the new production line allowed guests to see how local Alstom workers will use cutting-edge manufacturing processes to deliver disconnect switches customized to U.S. standards and construction requirements.

The Charleroi plant is equipped to deliver vertical break, center break, double side break and semi-pantograph switches up to 800 kV.

While the Charleroi facility is focused on engineering and support for the U.S. market, the plant joins Alstom Grid’s disconnect switch and research ‘Centers of Excellence,’ in Canada and Italy, which offer global back-up capacity and the sharing of expertise and insights from Alstom’s global network.

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