Two global giants – GE
– have made significant investments in Pennsylvania, with major physical expansions, retaining and possibly creating new jobs.
Dow opened its new, 800,000-square-foot Northeast Technology Center in Collegeville last month. By the end of next year, about 800 employees and contractors, most transferred from Dow's Spring House location, will work at what will be one of Dow’s three largest R&D campuses. The facility has room for growth and can accommodate up to 1,300, says Dow spokesman Justin M. Land. Dow has a large presence in the Delaware Valley with about 2,000 employees and four of its 13 global businesses headquartered in the region.
"The NTC will play a pivotal role as an innovation hub for many businesses in Dow’s Advanced Materials portfolio – a business unit headquartered in Philadelphia, which brings differentiated solutions to customers in key end-markets including electronics, consumer and lifestyle, infrastructure and transportation and energy," Dow said in a statement.
Nearly 500 miles away, in Lewistown, GE has opened a $10 million, 52,000-square-foot Customer Solutions Center "to meet the growing demand for industrial and infrastructure inspection technology solutions worldwide." The center, which opened in June, is the North American hub for GE's Inspection Academy, which trains GE employees and customers in non-destructive testing (NDT). Critical in supporting safe operation and quality control, NDT enables the detection and evaluation of flaws in materials or structural properties, without producing harmful effects on the subjects being tested.
Jill Queenan, a GE spokeswoman, says the company does not disclose its hiring numbers, but that "GE has already significantly grown its workforce in Lewistown [currently above 250] to better support the world’s growing need for non-destructive testing solutions."
Sources: Justin Land, Dow Chemical; Jill Queenan, GE
Writer: Elise Vider