Schneider Expands U.S. Manufacturing in New Investment

Schneider Electric plans to invest US$140 million into its U.S. manufacturing operations in 2024. Particularly, this will create about 750 new manufacturing jobs across the region.

Initially, the company will invest US$85 million to transform and equip an existing 500,000sq.ft building in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. In addition, it will upgrade its existing Smyrna, Tennessee manufacturing operations. Both locations will manufacture custom electrical switchgear and medium voltage power distribution products to bolster support for critical infrastructure and industries.

The new plant in Mt. Juliet will begin manufacturing and shipping products to Schneider’s customers by mid-2024. Moreover, the company expects it to be fully operational in 2025.

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

The two plants will also incorporate advanced manufacturing technologies and software to improve operational performance, achieve energy savings, and reduce carbon footprint.

In addition, the company also said it will recruit and employ an additional 455 manufacturing workers across both locations. Roles will range from manufacturing technicians and engineers to test technicians and quality leads, among other manufacturing-related positions.    

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“The need for electrical infrastructure to support advanced computing and technological progress has never been greater,” said Aamir Paul, President, of North America Operations, at Schneider Electric. “These investments will also support the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act by strengthening the domestic supply of products critical to boost America’s electrification transformation. They will also further position Schneider Electric as a driving force behind this country’s clean energy transition.”

Propels Automation

Demand for Schneider’s energy-efficient solutions and sustainability solutions continues to surge. Particularly, the company said this during its full-year 2023 financial results announced last month. The company said its U.S. growth was ‘a function of continued strong demand across its infrastructure and data center end-markets.

The Tennessee investment is part of Schneider Electric’s commitment to strengthen its American manufacturing presence and create new jobs. Moreover, Schneider Electric has invested more than $440 million across its U.S. manufacturing network since 2020. This includes constructing its newest 160,000sq.ft smart manufacturing plant in El Paso, Texas that opened in the summer of 2023.

The company, a leader in enabling smart factory transformation, has also upgraded and automated some of its own manufacturing and distribution center facilities. Namely, in Lexington, Kentucky; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Mechanicsburg and Middletown, in’ Pennsylvania. The investments enable Schneider to streamline its production and order fulfillment processes, stay competitive and agile, and bolster its domestic supply chain capabilities.

Schneider Electric has had a presence in the United States for 135 years. Furthermore, the company employs more than 19,000 workers in the country and its products and solutions across wide range of industries.

In 2023, TIME magazine named Schneider Electric to its 100 Most Influential Companies list recognizing it for work done to help clients reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The company is also ranked among the Top 10 of the 2023 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production by the Great Place to Work U.S. organization and Fortune magazine.

-18 March 2024-