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SPX starts building China facility

After announcing Monday that it will spend $70 million to build global headquarters in Mecklenburg County, SPX Corp. broke ground Tuesday on a 53-acre manufacturing campus in China.

SPX said the $40 million investment in China will be spread over the next three years.

In addition to manufacturing, the campus will house facilities for research and development, logistics and customer service.

The first phase of the facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

About 1,000 SPX employees are expected to work at the new campus.

Ballantyne-based SPX, a Fortune 500 company, provides products and services for various industries — food and beverage, transportation, automotive and power generation, among others —  and has 15,000 employees in more than 35 countries worldwide.

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