Those were the words of Philippe Joubert, President of Alstom Power Sector, describing the new Alstom manufacturing and engineering facility in Chattanooga Tennessee. The $300 million dollar investment and 350 jobs in a 350,000 square foot facility on the banks of the Tennessee River opened up officially for business last week on the site of the former Combustion Engineering facility to serve the new and retrofit equipment markets.
UniStar has ordered four turbines for its planned new nuclear energy facilities, sections of which are already in production here, at the world’s largest turbine manufacturing facility. Several hundred people were here for the inauguration of the facility, including Tennessee’s Governor Bredesen, who, when speaking about the future energy needs of this country and Alstom’s investment in Chattanooga stated, “ I KNOW we’re going to have a great deal of reliance on nuclear….”
The facility is immense, geared for handling some of the largest equipment that’s needed in creating electricity for our homes and businesses. But being “the biggest of the big” manufacturing facilities in the United States, not only is it designed to manufacture these components to exact specifications, Alstom realized that it is also a demonstration facility – creating and installing in the facility itself models, slides and videos of the equipment, turbines, and best practices they have developed, to educate the many visitors it is sure to receive.
All in all, an incredible, beautiful facility and huge step forward in the needed rebirth in our domestic manufacturing industry for our future power needs. Thank you Alstom for the talent and leadership you have invested in the U.S. to help secure our energy future.