State of the Union 2012During his State of the Union Address to Congress on January 24, 2012, President Barack Obama recognized Siemens Energy as an example of how investing in manufacturing and innovative technologies can create jobs and build a strong America.

An example of such job creation was highlighted via our own Jackie Bray, who was seated in a place of honor beside First Lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union. In early 2011, Ms. Bray was laid off from her job as a high-speed packaging mechanic. She enrolled in Central Piedmont Community College, where she received education and training to prepare her for a Siemens pre-hiring test. She, in turn, passed that test and was hired by Siemens in August 2011. As a single mother, she is now able to support her family as a process operator in the Gas Turbine Transitions department at the Siemens Energy Charlotte Hub in North Carolina, USA.

The President and his administration have praised Siemens as a role model for creating jobs and training people in America, “This type of partnership between businesses and community colleges is exactly what President Obama hopes to strengthen to maximize workforce development strategies, job training programs, and job placements,” according to a White House press release.

Bray is employed at Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub, which celebrated its expansion and grand opening this past November adding a gas turbine manufacturing plant into its existing operations in Charlotte. As a result of the expansion, Siemens has hired about 700 of the 1,100 workers it expects to add to the 700 people who were already working at its steam turbine and generator plant on the same campus.

Our company has invested more than $350 million in Charlotte in the last four years. These investments will create more than 1,000 jobs – many of them highly-skilled – at the facility in the next three years, bringing the total number of employees to more than 1,800.

Siemens has exported more than $600 million worth of power generation equipment from Charlotte. With the company’s expanded production capabilities, Siemens Charlotte expects to ramp up exports to more than $400 million annually to markets all over the world. And, it seems our investment in Charlotte is succeeding. The plant recently received a substantial order from a customer in Saudi Arabia for 10 gas turbines, to be produced at this Charlotte facility.

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