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Siemens building new plant in Illinois for its Drives Technologies business

Siemens building new plant in Illinois for its Drives Technologies business
ELGIN, Ill., June 27, 2008 - Due to the increasing demands for alternative and renewable energy sources, Siemens Energy & Automation will be investing more than $20 million to develop a second plant in Elgin, Ill., for its Drives Technologies business. Siemens is the largest producer of wind turbine gear drives in the United States. The expansion will increase production, enabling the company to meet the expectations of its customers.

In Elgin, Siemens designs and manufactures mechanical gear drives for the wind industry as well as for the cement, coal and minerals, and oil and gas industries. The new plant, expected to be completed in March 2009, will create approximately 300 new jobs in production and 55 new office jobs over the next three to four years; the plant in Elgin currently employees 150 people. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 25, 2008 for the new plant.

"Siemens is committed to providing technologies that promote energy efficiency and reduce costs," said Anne Cooney, vice president of the Power Conversion Division for Siemens Energy & Automation. "Combined with the expertise and product knowledge we have in Elgin, the new facility will enable Siemens to increase production of our mechanical drives to help our customers meet the growing demand for sustainable energy resources."

The State of Illinois and the City of Elgin provided a number of incentives to Siemens to help secure the investment including a Wind Energy Development Grant and Employer Training Investment Program job training funds.

"The City of Elgin is thrilled to help facilitate the Siemen's expansion," said Elgin Mayor Ed Schock. "Elgin is attracting many global and international companies that are developing emerging technologies that will have a direct impact on the future. The Siemen's expansion is an example of that."

"By investing in companies like Siemens, we're continuing to make sound investments in our communities," said Jack Lavin, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. "We understand that by making these investments we are helping to create better jobs, increase economic development and spur innovation across the state."

Siemens will be investing more than $20 million in building infrastructure to support the new plant for production, in addition to the cost of a 15-year lease for the new building. The new plant will be used for the assembly and testing of mechanical gear drives. The existing plant will be maintained by Siemens to manufacture the gears and components that will be assembled and tested in the new plant. It will also house the services and repairs business.

Siemens companies employ approximately 7,000 people in 40 locations throughout Illinois.

About Siemens:
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. is one of Siemens' operating companies in the U.S. Headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Ga., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. manufactures and markets one of the world's broadest ranges of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers. Its technologies range from circuit protection and energy management systems to process control, industrial software and totally integrated automation solutions. The company also has expertise in systems integration, technical services and turnkey industrial systems.

Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, and operates in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors.

For more than 160 years, Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation and the quality of its products, services and solutions. With nearly 400,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide sales of $96.6 billion in fiscal 2007. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA reported sales of $19.8 billion and employs approximately 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
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