WEG Transformers USA, an advanced manufacturing company, is investing in a new facility in Washington, Missouri. The 147,000 sq. ft. facility will be WEG’s third factory in Washington.
“We see the market right now in the U.S. as good,” said WEG General Manager Phillip James. “We needed to expand our capacity in Washington to meet our customers’ needs.”
The new facility, scheduled to open early next year, will manufacture distribution transformers, which are placed in neighborhoods. WEG also plans to upgrade an existing plant, adding capacity for transformers used at utility substations and renewable-energy facilities.
Missouri has long been a leader in advanced manufacturing excellence with companies such as GM, Ford and Boeing operating in the state. Missouri is home to nearly 6,500 manufacturing establishments that employ more than 273,000 people.
Other recent companies that have found manufacturing success in Missouri include: Bull Moose Tube winning the Fastmarkets Global Awards for Steel Excellence in the Best Innovation – Product category; O’Neal Steel announcing plans to invest with a new facility in St. Joseph; Armstrong World Industries announcing plans to invest nearly $8 million to grow its Architectural Components Group Inc. wood ceiling and wall operations in Marshfield; and R&S Machining Inc., an aerospace manufacturer, announcing plans to invest $13.5 million to grow their presence, and create 60 new jobs, in St. Louis.