Mount Pleasant hosts record-breaking “Factory Day” Event

2010-10-08 - More than 250 utility and power generation personnel from around the world visit ABB’s North America High Voltage Products headquarters for the Finepoint Circuit Breaker Conference’s annual “Factory Day.” ABB announces a major milestone at the event: the shipment of its 25,000th type PM dead tank breaker.

ABB was honored to host the popular “Factory Day” during the 17th annual Finepoint Circuit Breaker Test & Maintenance Training Conference. This year’s Finepoint event was held in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Omni William Penn hotel. In addition to Factory Day, ABB had a major presence in the exhibit hall and was the exclusive sponsor of the conference’s “After Hours” program for the event’s 600 utility and generation engineers interested in high-voltage training and technology.

On Tuesday, October 5, over 250 of the participants took the 45-minute shuttle ride from Pittsburgh for the all-day event. ABB welcomed the participants and gave them tours of the Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania and Greensburg, Pennsylvania high-voltage manufacturing and service facilities. This was ABB’s third time hosting the Finepoint “Factory Day,” but this year’s event broke the attendance record. In addition to the 250 outside participants, nearly 100 ABB employees supported the event with guided factory tours, presentations and all the logistics.

“We were more than pleased with the turnout but more importantly the enthusiasm. The factory tours, technology presentations and the entire event itself was appreciated by everyone who came, despite some inclement weather,” said Bart Gaskey, marketing manager for ABB High Voltage Products in North America. “Our people put a lot of time and effort into making this a successful event, and I’d like to personally thank them all for their dedication. I think we really delivered on our promises and educated the attendees in terms of our high voltage products and services.”

The Finepoint Conference provides training for those responsible for the operation, maintenance, and/or management of substation and switchgear assets. Attendees can participate in a variety of seminars, demonstrations and exhibits. Representatives from ABB’s High Voltage, Medium Voltage, and Transformers products and services businesses all participated in the ABB Exhibit.

A major 25,000 milestone

At the Opening General Session, Adam Heiligenstein, general manager of the Mt. Pleasant operation, announced the official 25,000th shipment and delivery of its industry-leading, high-voltage Type PM dead tank circuit breaker platform design. This symbolic 25,000 milestone represents by far the largest number of breakers shipped in the power industry. These massive breakers, rated 242,000 volts and weighing 13,700 pounds, provide protection from unplanned events and control power flows on the power grid to meet our growing energy demand.

The Mt. Pleasant facility serves as the North America high voltage headquarters where over 300 people work. This facility has remained a U.S.-based manufacturing operation since the early 1900's under names such as Westinghouse, ITE, Gould, Brown Boveri, Asea and now ABB Inc. The Mt. Pleasant factory is recognized as a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, and first opened in April 2003.

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