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Sulzer begins Baton Rouge Service Centre expansion project

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Sulzer has begun the construction of a new 7200 ft2 expansion to its Baton Rouge Service Centre in Louisiana, US.

Breaking ground in a ceremony on 9 December 2021, the project is designed to enhance repair, reengineering and upgrade services for operators of all types of rotating equipment in the US Gulf Coast area.

Glenn Doerksen, President Pump Services NAM at Sulzer, said during the ceremony: “It’s really an exciting day for Sulzer and the Baton Rouge service centre. This expansion has been made possible by our products, services, customer relationships and expertise. I’d like to thank everyone who has enabled this success - from here we grow and add to our history.”

Expanding its facilities at Baton Rouge is a key component of Sulzer’s ongoing investment strategy, growing its capabilities through enhanced service centre capacity and equipment.

Once complete, Sulzer customers will benefit from shorter lead times on all repair, reengineering and upgrade projects, especially for large vertical pumps and small steam turbines.

The Baton Rogue Service Centre is a leading service provider to the power generation, petrochemical, steel and heavy-manufacturing sectors, as well as many others. A part of Sulzer’s global network of service centres, Baton Rouge offers a specialised range of 24/7 in-house and field engineering services, delivering projects on reduced lead times and to exacting standards.

The expansion will add to the 10 500 ft2 of floorspace currently available at the service centre. New machines, upgraded cranage with a 20 t lifting capacity, as well as a dedicated painting and blast booth will also be installed as part of the project.

Beyond supporting Sulzer customers, the new service centre expansion will provide increased job opportunities in the local area. Sulzer is looking to hire new mechanics, machinists, office staff, sales teams and apprentices, once construction work is complete.

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