Siemens Energy to add 139 jobs in Wake County

Posted October 14, 2010

— Siemens Energy is expanding its “smart grid” operations in Wake County, announcing Thursday that it will create 139 new jobs and invest $2.9 million in the project.

North Carolina is providing up to $2.6 million in tax incentives through a Job Development Investment Grant, or JDIG. The JDIG is a rebate of a percentage of state employment taxes and is based on Siemens meeting new job creation goals.

The new jobs will pay an average of $88,883 a year plus benefits.

“North Carolina is one of a handful of states leading the nation into recovery, and today’s great news from Siemens is an example of how we’re doing it,” said Gov. Bev Perdue in a statement. “Our investments in education and training have helped groom a skilled workforce and create a top-rated business climate that is attracting global companies looking for the best place to expand or relocate. Creating jobs is my number one priority.”

In an announcement earlier Thursday about North Carolina rising to third from fifth on Forbes magazine’s annual “Best States for Business and Careers” report, Perdue said North Carolina ranks third in reducing its unemployment rate to 9.7 percent and is fourth in job creation.

Siemens already employs 262 people in its Power Distribution and Power Transmission operation in Wendell.

The expansion is part of Siemens’ efforts to capitalize on growth in “smart grid” technology.

“This decision underscores our commitment to the U.S. and to our power transmission and distribution business,” said Dave Pacyna, general manager of Siemens Energy’s North American Transmission and Distribution.

“Over the next four years, we will expand to serve the substantial infrastructure investment in the power grid, especially in making the grid smarter to increase the reliability and efficiency of America’s electricity supply,” he added. “North Carolina provides a great business climate from which we can continue to serve our customers, and we appreciate the steady support we’ve gotten from the state’s leaders for this project and others.”

Siemens Energy also has a growing operation in Charlotte. The company said in March it would add more than 800 jobs there.


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  • Baybee Doll Oct 14, 2010

    No comment!!!

  • vincesue1 Oct 14, 2010

    This 139 jobs is for OFFICE work not manufacturing. The Charlotte opening is for manufacturing. The Wendell facility is ALL office personnel...

  • vincesue1 Oct 14, 2010

    I worked for that co. for over 10 years until 2005. They (siemens) laid people off claiming, head count was greater than work load. Siemens moved its (PT&D) from Wendell to Mexico. You cannot trust that Germany company..........

  • TheAdmiral Oct 14, 2010

    Pardon my critical-ness in this...

    I will believe it when I see it.

  • FairPlay Oct 14, 2010

    My husband woks for Siemens and they pay great with excellent benefits. They do very little laying off and care deeply about their employees happiness and health.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Oct 14, 2010

    once again Bev gives away the farm to bring a whopping 139 jobs to a very select few who are qualified to apply for them. wow, just wow, Bev is giving them $2.6 million in tax incentives for 139 jobs and a few future tax dollars. at a girl!

  • cbarnett Oct 14, 2010

    Where do I sign up?

  • me2you Oct 14, 2010

    Bring 'em on.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Oct 14, 2010

    Yes! That's enough jobs for 0.03% of the unemployed in the state! That is if none of these jobs are filled with out of state workers or transfers.

  • praise1g1 Oct 14, 2010

    It is amazing to me of how people complain. If there are no jobs the government is at fault. When they allow companies to come in and offer incentives there's still a problem. Maybe it's only 139 jobs but to individuals who are out of work it is a possible opportunity for them and their family. Maybe it is a tax incentive but if not for these incentives the company's will go elsewhere. I'm not saying I'm for higher taxes and all that but this will be beneficial for several people out there with little to nothing.