Schneider expands US low voltage manufacturing

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By Nick Flaherty

French power giant Schneider is to build new plants in Texas and Mexico as part of a $100m investment in the region.

The ‘engineer-to-order’ manufacturing facility in El Paso, Texas, will produce customized low voltage switchboards that distribute electricity to one or more sources in commercial settings. It is expected to be completed in late 2022 and is expected to employ approximately 400 new employees.

Located in the Northwest Corporate Center in El Paso, the new factory will be Schneider’s fourth in the city and its 20th in the U.S. The facility will make El Paso home to Schneider Electric’s largest manufacturing operation in the U.S. and strengthen the company’s regional capabilities for its customers.

The El Paso facility will use the company’s EcoStruxure open software architecture and industrial automation technologies to drive energy efficiency, sustainability, and overall cost savings.

Schneider Electric’s investment also expands its capacity using company-owned land in Tlaxcala, Mexico to build a new manufacturing plant expanding its presence in the city. The company is also looking at renovating existing buildings in Mexico City for manufacturing.

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“The supply chain challenges of the past year have demonstrated the importance of increasing our domestic manufacturing capacity as quickly as possible,” said Annette Clayton, CEO and President, Schneider Electric North America. “Our new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in El Paso will allow us to get products into the hands of our distributors and end users more quickly, and it will bring an estimated $138 million in economic value to the local area.”

“Schneider Electric would like to commend the leadership of the Borderplex Alliance in making this new plant a reality,” said Ken Engel, SVP, Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric North America. “The support and enthusiasm of the Borderplex Alliance, and the City and County of El Paso has led to our largest manufacturing center in the United States here in El Paso.”

The BorderPlex Alliance is a non-partisan economic development and policy advocacy organization to bring investment to El Paso, the Mexican city of Juarex and south New Mexico.

“This exciting announcement reaffirms that the Borderplex region is the solution to the global supply chain crisis. Schneider Electric is a world-class company and global leader in energy management and automation. This manufacturing plant will generate hundreds of great-paying jobs and play a critical role in securing North America’s manufacturing base. We are grateful to Schneider Electric and our partners at the city and county for coming together to help move our region forward,” said Jon Barela, CEO of the Borderplex Alliance.

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