The groundbreaking ceremony of GEA’s first greenfield site in North America in 50 years was attended by company representatives and officials from the State of Wisconsin and City of Janesville.
GEA will invest more than $20 million in the new site in response to growing demand for separators, decanters, valves, pumps, and homogenizers that are at the heart of many industrial production processes.
In addition to modern office space, the facility will house a training center for customers and employees. The new GEA facility will create more than 70 jobs.
Michael J. Vick, Separation & Flow Technologies Vice President - GEA North America stated, “We need another repair facility in the Midwest, because 30 to 35 percent of our installed customer base is located there. We will be much closer to our customers and have an opportunity to secure more repairs and spare parts business. Repairs are a critical part of our business as customers need our expertise, particularly for centrifuges which can’t be repaired at the customer site and require technical experience. Now we’ll be able to support them more efficiently and will be more attractive to new customers.”
“The Janesville facility will bring us closer to our growing Midwest customer base and it will enable us to meet the growing demand for our products,” says Azam Owaisi, CEO GEA North America. “As the new facility will have production capabilities to finalize separator, decanter, valve and pump assembly, GEA will fully meet the Built in America mandates if required. We would like to thank the city of Janesville leadership for their cooperation and support.”
GEA has set itself ambitious sustainability goals. Next to its net zero ambition for 2040, GEA also aims to be the employer of choice in the industry.
The new facility will therefore feature numerous measures to make it a net-zero facility. These measures include a high efficiency heating and cooling system, solar panels, LED lighting, electric car charging stations, recycling and water reuse possibilities.
In addition, GEA is working with Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville to develop an educational and training program. This will provide GEA with a pool of graduates with the desired skillset to meet the current and future workforce needs.