Emerson is initially hiring a dozen engineers for the new research center, according to David Gocek, the company’s vice president of human resources.
The company will do research at the new engineering center at the company’s current facility at 1510 Kansas Ave., he said.
Emerson hopes to develop promising new technologies for its power and controller systems for cell phone towers and for traditional telephone switching equipment, he said.
“There’s a real drive for energy efficiency,” Gocek said. “We’re looking for what level of innovation that could be a game changer.”
Approximately 250 people already work at Emerson, formerly known as Marconi and Reliable Electric, according to Gocek.
The power systems are built elsewhere, he said. The company has factories in Mexico, Europe and South Africa.
Company officials said they selected Lorain for the engineering center over several potential sites.
The state of Ohio provided $10,000 for training, but no tax abatement was involved, Gocek said.
In Lorain, the company has “an incredibly talented team with a long, distinguished history of innovation and market success,” said Jean Francois Chouinard, vice president, engineering and quality at Emerson Network Power.
The investment reinforces the company’s organizational commitment to Lorain, and to its customers in the domestic and global telecommunications and data center markets, according to Chouinard.
The Advanced Engineering Center will be responsible for accelerating next-generation power and controller technology for all forms of communications networks, according to the company.
Gocek said Emerson even builds power systems for phone networks that utilize solar or wind power. Those systems are used in developing areas such as Africa and South America, he said.
Before Emerson purchased Marconi in 2004, it was Lorain Products Corp., which began operations in 1936, and later was known as Reliable Electric.
Two years ago, Emerson pumped more than $4 million into its operations in Lorain, moving from a building at 1122 F St. to Kansas Avenue.
That project included a land swap and payroll tax incentive package. The city approved a seven-year tax rebate program under which the city will reimburse 25 percent of the company’s payroll withholding taxes for two years and 40 percent for five more years up to a limit of $500,000.
The Kansas Avenue facility is primarily an administrative center that anchors financial and marketing functions for Emerson’s global operations.
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