(Manufacturing.net) — Toshiba International Corporation (TIC), headquartered in Houston, Texas, has announced today the completion of its control plant expansion, which provides an additional 107,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space. The control plant expansion will be used for production by fall 2013. The company says the $20 million investment will double production capacity of its medium voltage adjustable speed drive product line, and will also be used to manufacture parts in other key product areas, including low voltage adjustable speed drives, motor starters and rail transit control systems.
Mark Laber, Adjustable Speed Drives Business Unit Manager, TIC’s Industrial Division, said in a statement: “Our customers have demonstrated an overwhelming acceptance of our medium voltage drive products, and the growth of this product line has been phenomenal. Full production in the expansion will allow us to increase our monthly capacity and reduce lead times. Additionally, it will house our high volume medium voltage drive line, allowing us to begin stocking medium voltage drive inventory in our Houston warehouse.”
TAI currently employs approximately 1,900 people to provide solutions in a variety of industries, such as industrial, power systems, transmission and distribution systems, and LED lighting systems. TAI says the expansion will bring 100 new jobs to the Houston area, as well as continue the roll-out of new infrastructure in the 55-acre Houston facility. According to company officials, the increased production capacity will allow TIC to reduce lead times to customers in time-sensitive markets, such as oil & gas and mining.