BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The industrial automation and control equipment manufacturer Yokogawa Corp. of America is expanding production at its Newnan, Ga., facility and boosting its workforce in North America to more than 1,000 by next year.
Brad Byrum, Yokogawa's vice president of sales and marketing in North America, said in a press release that the multimillion-dollar move is being driven by increased demand for its products, mainly from shale energy and unconventional oil and gas customers. Economic growth from "downstream chemical investment" is also buoying demand among customers and prospects.
Richard Westerfield, North American vice president of the company's measurement and control business unit, said in the release that expanding the Georgia facility will increase Yokogawa's capacity to manufacture, calibrate, and service its instrumentation product lines. The company will continue to work to deliver "state-of-the-art products, with uncompromising quality, on time to our customers at a value that optimizes their ROI."
Yokogawa did not say how much the facility's square footage will increase or how much it intends to invest in increasing production in this and subsequent quarters. The company did not return calls by press time.
Yokogawa Corp. of America, a division of Yokogawa Electric Corp. of Japan, has been slowly increasing its production. Its last expansion was in 2012, when it added production at its analytical solutions systems facility in Coldspring, Texas.
— Ismini Scouras is a freelance writer for EE Times.