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Siemens names Charlotte as first site in program to highlight job openings

Siemens Corp. today said Charlotte will be the first site to be spotlighted in a public relations initiative to draw attention to the more than 3,000 positions the company is looking to fill across the U.S.

Under the ”Where the Jobs Are” campaign, Siemens, which has global headquarters in Germany, will pick a new U.S. site each month to highlight job openings.

In Charlotte, the company said it has been working closely with universities and community colleges to develop training programs for potential employees who want to work in the energy business.

“It has become commonplace in America to read about companies moving their jobs and operations overseas in search of less expensive pastures, but Siemens recently spent nearly $200 million to build a world-class facility to produce gas turbines in Charlotte,” Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens, said in a statement.

That nearly $200 million project is a more than 400,000-square-foot expansion, announced last year, at Siemen’s plant on Westinghouse Boulevard. Spiegel said the expansion will create almost 1,000 Siemens jobs and more than 2,000 indirect jobs.

The Charlotte site will be one of the global manufacturing hubs for the company’s gas and steam turbines, generators and related service work. It will also function as an export base to North and South America, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the Philippines and Japan for Siemens’ H-class gas turbines.

In Charlotte, the company has already filled more than 200 positions, said Mark Pringle, director of operations for the Charlotte plant.

“One of the competitive advantages for us here in Charlotte is the fact that we have great university and community college systems that are bending over backwards to work with us and custom design curriculum,” he said.

Earlier this year, Siemens pledged $4.3 million to the engineering college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to support the new Energy Production and Infrastructure Center program. Graduates from the program will fill many of the positions at the Charlotte plant, Siemens said.

Those interested in applying for a position at the Charlotte plant can go to siemenscharlottecareers.com.

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