MEDIA ADVISORY: Siemens and Chromalloy Celebrate New Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Tampa

Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:53 pm EDT


Tampa, FL
  • Joint venture Advanced Airfoil Components to create 350 high tech jobs through $139 million capital investment
  • Local and state officials on-hand to mark commissioning of advanced technology manufacturing site that will bolster power generation supply chain across the U.S.
  • Investment demonstrates commitment to growing manufacturing sector in Florida and the U.S.


WHAT:  On Friday, October 26, Siemens and Chromalloy will celebrate the opening of Advanced Airfoil Components’ (AAC) new 210,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility in Hillsborough County. Through a nearly $140 million investment, an estimated 350 jobs will be created over the next five years.  Already, engineering graduates from the University of South Florida and individuals from around the region have joined the team.  By the end of 2018, an estimated 100 positions will be filled to support manufacturing operations. 

Many of AAC’s new hires will be highly-skilled, high-tech workers supporting the production of turbine blade and vane cast components for power generation, as well as other operational roles. In 2019, the joint venture seeks to hire for a wide-range of positions and plans to work with Florida Makes to recruit veterans and other highly-skilled employees from the state’s manufacturing sector.

The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County, and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.   


  • Lisa DavisCEO Energy, Siemens AG
  • Tom Mepham, CEO of Sequa Corporation
  • Kevin Updegrove, CEO of Advanced Airfoil Components
  • Jochen Koepf, CFO of Advanced Airfoil Components
  • Peter Antonacci, CEO of Enterprise Florida  
  • Greg Britton, Director of Strategic Business Development, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Ron Barton, Hillsborough County Assistant County Administrator for Economic Prosperity
  • Jim Weiss, Tampa City President for Fifth Third Bank and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation incoming 2021 Chairman


WHEN:  Friday, October 26, 2018

  • 11:00 a.m.  -  Coffee reception & networking
  • 11:30 a.m.  -  Program begins
  • 12:30 p.m.  -  Facility tours


WHERE:  13124 US 41 South, Gibsonton, FL 33534


PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:  To commemorate the official opening of the facility, local and state officials, community leaders, industry executives and employees will convene on the plant floor and observe a ceremonial commissioning of the casting furnace for gas turbine blades.  This is part of the high technology advanced manufacturing process that casts nickel-based super alloys at temperatures in excess of 2,000 degrees.  Immediately following, attendees can tour the 210,000 square foot production space and learn about all the processes that lead up to the final casting process.  


BACKGROUND:  Siemens, a global engineering and technology leader, and Chromalloy, an integrated global solutions provider and parts manufacturer for gas turbine engines, established  Advanced Airfoil Components to create a world-class manufacturing plant that will improve product technology, cost competitiveness, and time-to-market. The new facility will manufacture Turbine Blade and Vane cast components for the power generation and oil and gas markets.


PARKING:  Media parking area and registration will be designated upon arrival


MEDIA:  Please note this is not a public invitation. Media representatives wishing to attend are asked to confirm their attendance by contacting Lauren Espin at (732) 429-7885 or Arrangements can be made to accommodate live morning TV. 


Brie Sachse                                                     
Siemens USA              
(202) 412-9598