PULLMAN – Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. has announced plans to build a new manufacturing center and add 300 jobs in the community.
Owner and founder Ed Schweitzer said Thursday the new 100,000-square-foot plant for building and assembling products for its customers likely will be built in Pullman.
The company, which makes power management and digital relay equipment to monitor and protect transmission lines for utilities and large corporate customers, already has 900 Pullman workers and nine buildings on its 40-acre Pullman campus, and employs another 400 elsewhere.
It has begun construction on another building that will become a mixed-used project including retail, housing and commercial developments.
Schweitzer said the company has outgrown the original 105,000-square-foot manufacturing building, with sales growing by 20 percent a year.
The 300 new production jobs are in addition to more than 200 other jobs Schweitzer is trying to fill this year, company spokeswoman Susan Fagan said.
Schweitzer said other states have expressed interest in having the new plant, including Idaho.
The ability to automate key processes keeps the company in Pullman, home to Washington State University, he said.