Alstom timeline in Chattanooga
Alstom's 2010 grand opening in Chattanooga had many supporting milestones.
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- February, 2013 - Alstom announces plans to furlough for nearly a month most of its 335 workers at its Chattanooga boiler operation. The company plans to consolidates operations in response to sluggish sales of its equipment.
- March 8, 2013 – Alstom announces approximately 80 jobs will be eliminated in Chattanooga.
- September 2012 - Chattanooga City Council and Hamilton County Commission approve $2.8 million grant to help fund extension of riverwalk project beyond Alstom property.
- August 15, 2012 – Sen. Bob Corker tours Alstom plant and says Alstom will create long-term benefits for the U.S. and help the country bounce back from the recession. He said the company has spent approximately $15 million to train its local workforce.
- June 25, 2012 – Gov. Bill Haslam announces $2.3 million transportation enhancement grant to help fund riverwalk project beyond Alstom property.
- May 8, 2012 – Alstom ships its first natural gas turbine assembled in Chattanooga. It is the first one of its kind ever built entirely in the United States. The 240-ton generator now powers more than 700,000 homes in Mexico. Alstom Chattanooga CEO Lawrence Quinn acknowledged a slowdown in the nuclear sector and indicates the company will produce more non-nuclear projects here in the future.
- March 29, 2012 - Alstom dedicates a $480,000 solar power array outside its boiler operation next door to Alstom Turbomachines.
- Feb. 9, 2012 – Local CEO Lawrence Quinn tells Times Free Press: "In all my 22 years of traveling, this is the first place I've bought a home not for investment but to live…I've lived in a lot of places. This is No. 1….Alstom is in this for the long term. We didn't invest in Chattanooga for a short-term hit. We've invested $300 million in a long, strategic plan with strong sustainable gains."
- Feb. 9, 2012 - U.S. regulators voted 4-1 to approve plans to build the first new nuclear power plant in more than 30 years. Atlanta-based Southern Company received approval to build two new nuclear power reactors at its existing Vogtle plant in Georgia. The chairman objected, citing concerns over Fukushima.
- Sept. 13, 2011 – Alstom announces its next generation GT24 gas turbine to be built in Chattanooga. The turbine can deliver 450 megawatts of energy in just 10 minutes.
- Sept. 12, 2011 - Richard Pangrazzi, director of marketing for Alstom Global Power Sales in the U.S. market told BusinessClimate.com the company chose Chattanooga by locations of existing and potential customers. "We put a lot of dots on the map and then discovered that Chattanooga is a central location with the added benefit of having both very good rail and river access, which made it very attractive for us."
- August 8, 2011 – Alstom ships its first nuclear turbine rotors from Chattanooga via the Tennessee River. The two rotors weighed 130 tons each and went to a nuclear plant in Illinois. CEO Lawrence Quinn discusses "backlog" of orders in citing optimism about plant's future.
- July 2011 – Lawrence Quinn takes over Chattanooga as CEO, following Stephane Cai's return to Alstom headquarters in Paris.
- June 21, 2011 – Pierre Gauthier, CEO of Alstom North America, told the Times Free Press that Alstom continues to power up hiring at its factory and is on plan to hit 350 workers by 2013.
- May 30, 2011 – Germany formally announced plans to abandon nuclear energy completely by 2022. Speculation grows worldwide whether the Fukushima disaster had ended the nuclear renaissance.
- March 11, 2011 – Earthquake and tsunami in Japan led to complete meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima Nuclear Plant becoming the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
- March 8, 2011 – First multi-million dollar piece of equipment left Chattanooga. The rotor for a nuclear turbine left the plant on a barge. A train then carried it to a large U.S. utility.
- June 24, 2010 – Alstom's new Chattanooga facility inaugurated in front of international media. Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Economics Development Commissioner Matt Kisber, Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey, and Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield on front row for the grand announcement. Patrick Kron, Global CEO, flew from Paris to attend as well as Guy Chardon, Senior VP of Thermal Products and Phillippe Joubert, President of Alstom Power.
- 2009 – Alstom ramps up the recruitment, hiring, and training process.
- September 5, 2008 – Alstom announces plans to beautify the Riverfront by removing chain-link fence and replacing it with black iron fence as well as burying above-ground utility lines. In a statement the Chattanooga Chamber applauds Alstom for their "incredible commitment to this community" by saying "We feel like this integration of a modern business facility with a community amenity like the Riverwalk combines two of the elements that make for a healthy modern city."
- July 8, 2008 – Contract worker fell to his death while working on construction of the new plant.
- June 19, 2008 – Alstom announced plans to hire 100 engineers among the 350 employees in its Chattanooga expansion.
- March 2008 – An assessment by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it expects to receive applications for more than 30 new nuclear power units before 2010.
- December 31, 2007 – Alstom announced it would invest $200 million in a new manufacturing facility in Chattanooga and employ 350 people.
- July 2007 – Initial tax incentives package offered to Alstom
- Early 2007 – Project team including manufacturing experts from four countries assembled to select site that will best serve U.S. customers.
- Late 2006 – Alstom began to evaluate an expansion in the U.S.