Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

With increasing sales and demand for combustor components and large frame gas turbines, Mitsubishi initiated the search for its new facility in 2007. They would need a site large enough to manufacture, maintain and transport large gas and steam turbines. The MHPSA team developed a criteria matrix against which to judge all the sites under consideration. This matrix included some of the following: valuable tax and land incentive package from local and state governments, location in close proximity to a major deep-water port system, close proximity to intensive rail system, qualified and extensive technical labor pool, and customized workforce training. The decision to subdivide a Megasite was the first in a line of valuable offerings that drove the Mitsubishi stake into Georgia soil. The State’s willingness to include the purchase of a heavy lift crane, located at the Georgia Ports Authority Ocean Terminal, went way above and beyond the call of duty. No other state under consideration made such an offer alongside an applicable incentive package and a site close enough to the port and rail systems. Other factors that closed the deal included access to a deep, and technically qualified workforce. Due to the advanced nature of the skills required for the new facility, workforce availability was one of the top priorities on Mitsubishi’s checklist. “What set Georgia apart was the employment factor,” says James Williams, SVP of MHPSA’s North American Manufacturing and Repair Operations. “Quick Start has been wonderful in customizing the training program for workers to adapt to what we are actually doing within the plant.” Alongside Georgia Quick Start – the nation’s top ranked and widely copied workforce training program – the state also boasts an expansive system of technical colleges and universities as well as nearby military bases from which to supply the necessary workforce for the Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas facility. For more information visit http://www.georgia.org

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