Mitsubishi’s first U.S. turbine production facility in North America poised for strong year

Although Mitsubishi’s Savannah Machinery Works delivered its first 300-ton commercial gas turbine only 18 months ago, work at the plant has been steady and unlikely to decrease any time soon, according to a report from the Savannah Morning News.

The facility in Savannah, Ga., Mitsubishi’s first turbine production facility in North America, has shipped eight turbines since opening, according to the Morning News. Recently, the company signed a contract to provide a natural-gas fired M501J gas turbine and an SRT-50 steam turbine to the Grand River Dam Authority in Oklahoma.

The production reflects a decision to expand the company’s presence and product lines in the Americas, the Morning News reported. That decision also led to the finalization of a joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Hitachi Ltd., creating a new company named Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas that merges the fossil business of both companies.

Before the joint venture between Mitsubishi and Hitachi, Mitsubishi had acquired Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, which builds smaller units. Mitsubishi Senior Vice President of North American Manufacturing and Repair Jim Williams told the Morning News the acquisition and joint venture allows the company to offer an entire spectrum of products.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas also recently appointed the first American chief executive officer in the history of the company. David Walsh took the office of president and CEO effective April 1 and will also serve as a corporate officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. in Japan.

According to the Morning News, Walsh was instrumental in getting the Savannah facility off the ground three years ago.