Panattoni Europe, Poland’s leader in the industrial property market together with GE’s Solutions business (NYSE: GE) broke ground on the construction of a new, 45,000-square-meter brilliant factory in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, which will include advanced manufacturing and a customer experience centre.
GE is investing U.S.$54 million over the life of the project to build the world-class European facility to better serve its customers globally. The brilliant factory is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2015. GE leaders were joined today by representatives of Panattoni, CBRE, the Bielsko-Biala government, the Silesia region and the media for a foundation-laying ceremony.
The new Bielsko-Biala facility will enable GE to accelerate product development and manufacturing by combining engineering, development, testing and manufacturing operations in a centralized, high-tech environment. In addition, the site will serve as a new regional customer experience centre where customers will be invited to interact with GE’s latest electrical distribution and critical power products and to share real-time feedback throughout the development process.
GE’s Bielsko-Biala site has been serving a global customer base for more than 14 years. It’s also a centre of excellence for GE’s IEC low-voltage equipment development. The facility was recognized as one of GE’s top-performing plants in 2004, 2009, 2011 and 2013. The site manufactures electrical distribution and critical power equipment such as low- and medium-voltage switchgear, control cabinets, panels and metal enclosures, as well as AC and DC breakers and uninterrupted power supply products for commercial, industrial, renewables and mission-critical applications such as municipalities, oil and gas, wind turbines, data centers and hospitals. Today, the facility employees more than 800 employees. Once complete, the new facility will be one of the largest in the region, capable of employing up to 1,200 employees.