Siemens Takes Advantage of N.C. High-Tech Workforce.

Capital area feeds global company’s appetite for skilled innovators in energy industry.

9/13/2012

[North Carolina Department of Commerce Editorial Staff]

WENDELL - Siemens AG is a global company with a presence in 180 countries, employing approximately 360,000 worldwide. In North Carolina, Siemens employs 2,800 in 19 locations across the state, just down the road from virtually every North Carolinian.

Siemens’ Wendell facility is the company’s Smart Grid and medium-voltage headquarters.  The company employs 300 at the location, which is situated about 12 miles east of Raleigh. This is where the company makes use of its competitive advantage for problem-solving in the industry as the only major supplier with a presence on every level of the energy chain from generation to consumption. This unique perspective enables Siemens to take the lead in the area of smart grid development that solves industry inefficiencies and tackles resource-draining challenges.

Initially, the site served as a manufacturing plant, but things have changed dramatically over the past five years. The Wendell location now serves as a product development and deployment center, specializing in energy automation applications, and software integration services. While the company changed the focus of operations at the center, now employing a workforce with a much different skill-set, they have also increased the size of the workforce in Wendell.

Located about a 20-minute drive from Raleigh, Siemens’ workforce transition to high-tech positions was relatively easy to achieve. “N.C. State and Duke are great technology educators,” stated Kevin O’Hara, VP of Services, Siemens Smart Grid Division. “We have no problem attracting qualified talent.”

The capital area has been in the spotlight in recent months, being touted as one of the best places in the U.S. for technology jobs, in part due to technology job growth. Also contributing to infrastructure feeding and maintaining a highly-skilled labor pool are world-renown universities within the state’s educational system and activities of the largest research campus in the U.S., Research Triangle Park.

For more information about Siemens Smart Grid solutions, visit www.usa.siemens.com/smartgrid.