Advanced manufacturing companies play a huge role in Charlotte by bolstering the economy with a host of skilled employment opportunities. Some of these advanced manufacturers include Schaeffler Group USA Inc., which employs nearly 2,000 people in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Daimler Trucks North America, which employs 4,900 people in the region. Carrier Corp. manufactures heating and air conditioning equipment at their Charlotte plant.
The Charlotte region boasts many manufacturing companies in the energy industry. Celgard, with over 400 employees in Charlotte, develops and produces specialty microporous membranes used in lithium batteries. Parker Hannifin Corporation has four locations in Charlotte and produces drive and power conversion equipment as well as utility-scale grid tie inverters. Duracell manufactures batteries at its facility in Lancaster, South Carolina. Siemens Energy, with over 1,500 employees, is one of the leading energy manufacturers in the region.
For Carrier, innovation and collaboration is the name of the game. Their facility in Charlotte is a state-of-the-art chiller factory and the birthplace of countless innovations in commercial heating, ventilating, and air conditioning. With approximately 300 employees in the area, Carrier is a leader in the design and manufacturing of products that deliver optimum performance and efficiency.
From air-cooled units to water-cooled chillers, Carrier’s products cover the vast majority of commercial applications, ranging from 10 to 5,500 tons of cooling capacity. These include the AquaEdgeTM 23XRV – the world’s leading efficiency screw chiller, 44 percent better than the industry standard.* Through this range of solutions, Carrier plays an integral role in providing comfort to millions of people across the globe.
“With a large concentration of customers on the East Coast, North Carolina’s road and port systems allow us access to domestic and export customers,” said Chris Opie, director, commercial marketing, Carrier. “The Charlotte plant allows us to reduce lead times and greatly increase the flexibility of our manufacturing operations to better serve our customers,” Opie added.
Carrier cooling and heating systems can be found in hotels, schools, commercial buildings and manufacturing facilities, as well as hospitals, data centers, and other mission-critical applications where the quality of the air, its temperature and reliability are crucial. “Carrier is extremely proud of our Charlotte factory and the innovative products it produces,” said Opie.
*Among electric-driven, water-cooled chillers as mentioned by Integrated Part Load Value conditions based on ASHRAE 90.1 2010 minimum requirement.
The Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub is one of the lead facilities in the company’s global manufacturing network for power generating equipment. Opened in 1969, the facility has manufactured and serviced generators and steam turbines for the power generation market for decades. In November 2011, the facility added gas turbine production and service capabilities. The new gas turbine facility was designed based on LEAN manufacturing principles and is certified to U.S. LEED Gold green building standards. With its current workforce of 1,600 and more than 1 million square feet of space under roof, Siemens has become one of the largest manufacturers in Charlotte and also one of the largest among the 250+ Energy companies based in the city. In the last few years, the plant has exported more than $600 million of products, with shipping materials proudly displaying “Made in Charlotte, North Carolina.”
Partnerships with local schools such as Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte continue to help Siemens with workforce development, training, and research. Siemens has invested in the schools and their capabilities, with contributions to UNCC worth $4.3 million to establish an Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), and a donation to CPCC of training software worth $32 million. Siemens also has an apprenticeship program, in partnership with CPCC. These institutions, together with a great mix of customers and suppliers close at hand, make Charlotte a great place to do business.