From KLEW TV:
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., (SEL) announced Thursday that it will double its manufacturing capacity to more than 200,000 square feet in an expansion that will add 300 jobs.
In a news release issued Thursday, SEL announced it is submitting plans for state and city approval, with earthmoving and grading scheduled to begin July 1 and building construction to start August 1. Completion is expected in May 2007.
SEL said the expansion will take place on the southeast corner of the existing 103,000-square-foot manufacturing building at 2440 NE Hopkins Court.It will add 75,000 square feet at the ground level with a 25,000-square-foot second floor-or mezzanine level-overlooking the manufacturing operations. The original 65,000-square-foot building was constructed in 1999 and 2000, and nearly 40,000 square feet were added in 2002.
SEL has again selected ALSC Architects and Lydig Construction of Spokane to design and build the new project. Lydig is constructing two other buildings on SEL-owned property in Pullman.
The company's new corporate headquarters, a 90,000-square-foot, five-story structure, and a 17,000-square-foot event center will be complete in September. The event center will be available for use by the public.
SEL founder and president Ed Schweitzer said in Thursday's news release, that the company is growing in all geographic areas.
"We need the manufacturing capacity to serve customers and the worldwide demand for our products," he said. "This is a great opportunity for our community, for the people already here, and for those who may want to be part of making electric power safer, more reliable, and more economical."
"This new expansion allows SEL the space to build robust, repeatable, and scalable processes and will add capacity that we really need," said Kevin Fritch, SEL vice president of operations. "We're building significant square footage, which will provide an additional 75,000 square feet of manufacturing space plus 25,000 square feet for offices, training, and conference rooms."
Other efficiencies were designed into the building, Fritch added, including five new loading docks that will accommodate all modes of truck transportation.
SEL serves the electric power industry worldwide through the design, manufacture, supply, and support of products and services for power system protection, monitoring, control, automation, and metering.