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Westinghouse to keep Monroeville presence

By Thomas Olson
Saturday, April 10, 2010

Westinghouse Electric Co. will retain about one-third of its space in Monroeville and keep 450 workers there for at least two more years instead of moving them to Cranberry, due to faster-than-projected growth.

The nuclear power company said Friday it will renew its Monroeville lease of some 60,000 square feet for at least two years and perhaps as many as five. The 450 employees work in support services, such as information technology and accounts payable

Three years ago, Westinghouse said it would move all 2,400 employees from the headquarters in Monroeville to a new one now complete in Cranberry. So far, 1,200 have relocated across the county.

"This is a tremendous win for Monroeville. We look at this as a positive because we'd expected zero percent would be staying after this summer," said state Sen. Sean Logan, D-Monroeville.

"These 450 people will shop and eat and get their cars fixed here," he said. "And who knows how many of those people would have sold their homes in Monroeville and moved to Cranberry if their job had moved there."

The balance of those in Monroeville, about 750 or so, will still move to Cranberry between June and early 2011, said company spokesman Vaughn Gilbert.

Westinghouse in 2007 won a giant contract from China to build four nuclear power reactors. The first is due to come on-line in 2013 under the deal, worth $9.8 billion.

In 2008 and 2009, Westinghouse landed nuclear-power contracts to build six reactors at power plants in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida -- the first in 30 years in the United States -- over the next six years or so.

"We're continuing to grow so that we can meet the increased demand for electricity in the years to come," said Tony Greco, senior vice president of human resources. "It's essential that we have the necessary staffing to support our employees."

Of the four buildings comprising the complex in Cranberry, Westinghouse has occupied one, partly occupied two and expects to complete construction of the fourth near year's end, Gilbert said.



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