The Siemens factory on Sanford Ave will be shut down and over 500 well-paying jobs will disappear with it.
By Trey Shaughnessy
Published March 11, 2010
Westinghouse/Siemens ends its long relationship with Hamilton. The Siemens factory on Sanford Ave will be shut down and over 500 well-paying jobs will disappear with it.
Sadly, this will end a long term presence in Hamilton. Siemens purchased Westinghouse Electric in 1997. Subsequently, the Hamilton facility was modernized to manufacture 60 Hz gas turbines next to Westinghouse's former Canadian corporate head office on Sanford Ave.
Former Westinghouse Canadian Head Office
Westinghouse originally manufactured air brakes for the booming rail industry, but over the years it evolved to make household appliances and in 1955 employed 11,000 people, second only to Stelco.
The 60 Hz turbine production will move to an existing manufacturing facility in Charlotte, NC. The company will invest $135 million in a new facility. Production of the 60 Hz turbines will start in the fall of 2011.
What does Charlotte have that Hamilton doesn't?
Charlotte is an expanding city with a healthy, diverse economy, including a hub of financial services. It represents a typical sunbelt sprawling automobile dependent city, but In 2007 it cut the ribbon on its light rail line, "The Lynx".
Charlotte Blue Line LRT: 'The Lynx'
In 1994 Charlotte opened its football stadium in the city center, choosing that site over a suburb in Mecklen County, another option at the highway intersection of I-85 and US-74 in Gaston County, and another possible site near the NASCAR Lowes Motor Speedway.
Charlotte located its foodball stadium downtown
Not all business decisions are made for purely financial reasons.