Siemens Announces Plans for New, State-of-the-Art Wind Service Training Center in U.S.

  Siemens Announces Plans for New, State-of-the-Art Wind Service Training
  Center in U.S.

  *New facility in Orlando to offer advanced skills and safety training
  *Will serve to meet Siemens’ growing need for wind service technicians

Business Wire

ORLANDO, Fla. -- February 6, 2013

With its commitment to providing the best and most comprehensive skills and
safety training to its service technicians and engineers worldwide, Siemens is
making plans to build a new, state-of-the-art wind service training facility
in Orlando, Florida, USA. The demand for skilled wind service technicians is
increasing as more wind projects come online in the Americas, thereby
requiring long-term service and maintenance. Siemens is designing this new
40,000-square-foot center, which will be located close to the global
headquarters of Siemens’ Energy Service division in Orlando, to be among the
most advanced wind training facilities in the world. Siemens’ initial
investment will be approximately $7 million and the company plans to create 50
new full-time jobs and host approximately 2,400 trainees annually from the
U.S. and the Americas. The training center, which is being built based on LEED
Gold green-building standards, is scheduled to begin operations by this
summer.

“As wind energy has become a mainstream source of power generation, the
continued reliable and competitive performance of renewable energy is
critically important to meeting the nation’s future energy demand,” said Randy
Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy, Inc. and CEO of Siemens Energy’s global Service
Division. “As an industry leader in both onshore and offshore wind, Siemens is
poised to meet that demand and this new, advanced training facility in the
U.S. will help ensure that our wind service technicians receive the highest
standard of technical and safety training. In addition, the training center’s
proximity to Siemens Energy’s Americas headquarters will allow us to leverage
synergies and provide cross-functional support within our Service and Wind
Divisions. Orlando has been home to Siemens Energy for more than 30 years and
our employees are vested in the community. We look forward to bringing this
new state-of-the-art training facility to the Central Florida region later
this year.”

“We are pleased that Florida remains a solid business base for Siemens as
indicated by its choice of our state over other U.S. states for this
innovative, high-tech training center,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott.
“This project shows that Florida’s workforce and business climate are making
us more competitive for jobs and opportunities that will benefit the families
and professionals who call this state home.”

The Orlando wind training center will be one of four Siemens wind service
training facilities globally, joining Brande, Denmark; Bremen, Germany; and
Newcastle in the United Kingdom. The training center will provide technical
and health and safety training for Siemens’ wind power service technicians,
equipping them with the skills required to safely and expertly meet the
service needs of the industry. It will offer a wide variety of qualification
and training options covering all aspects relating to the technology and
operational reliability – an important contribution toward the efficient,
reliable operation of wind turbines over the long-term.

“Siemens has a strong presence in Orlando and Central Florida with offices and
facilities supporting its energy, healthcare and industry sectors,” said
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “The region offers convenient access to
transportation and the new training facility will be located in close
proximity of one of the world’s leading international airports, Orlando
International Airport. The project is anticipated to have a favorable economic
impact on the region, with estimates of up to 7,200 hotel room nights occupied
by up to 2,400 visiting technicians and other personnel annually, along with
spending on meals and rental cars,” continued Dyer.

The central feature of the new training center will be two full-size Siemens
nacelles upon which wind service technicians will be trained to perform
maintenance based on Siemens specifications. In addition, two 32-foot high
climbing towers, ladder structures, electrical and hydraulic modules, and a
maintenance crane will make training, safety and rescue simulations possible
under realistic conditions. The Orlando location will also be designed to
accommodate large classroom sizes.

In the past two years, Siemens global wind service business has grown from
approximately 1,600 employees to well over 2,400 today and those numbers are
expected to grow as more and more regions increase their commitment to
building renewable energy resources to support the growing demand for clean
energy around the globe.

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a broad spectrum
of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power
plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the
extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2012 (ended
September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR27.5 billion and received
new orders totaling approximately EUR26.9 billion and posted a profit of
EUR2.2 billion. On September 30, 2012, the Energy Sector had a work force of
almost 86,000. Further information is available at: www.siemens.com/energy.

Contact:

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