Westinghouse Expands Fuel-handling and Crane Manufacturing Site to Include Training Facility

PITTSBURGH, December 10, 2014 -- Westinghouse Electric Company today announced the expansion of its fuel-handling equipment and crane manufacturing site in Shoreview, Minn., U.S., including a 3,000-square-foot training center connected to the site’s manufacturing space via a new mezzanine.

The expansion features dedicated training space, including three large training rooms and two smaller rooms for personalized training and breakout sessions. In addition to providing scheduled training for global utility customers, the new space is used to develop mockups to address emergent field issues, as well as research, development and testing of new products prior to market launch.

“Our primary objective is to provide safe, reliable and efficient movement of nuclear fuel and critical loads that lead to shorter, more efficient outages for our utility customers,” said Mark Kachmar, vice president, Westinghouse Manufacturing Operations. “Training is certainly a critical component to achieve that objective. We are so pleased to be able to provide that training in a world-class training environment.”

Westinghouse’s fuel-handling equipment and crane manufacturing business in Shoreview designs, manufactures, installs and services cranes and fuel-handling equipment such as refueling machines, spent fuel-handling machines, fuel transfer systems and new fuel elevators. The business, formerly known as PaR Nuclear, was acquired by Westinghouse in 2004 and began doing business as Westinghouse Electric Company LLC in July 2013. Related businesses include Hutchinson, Minnesota-based NuCrane Manufacturing, LLC, which provides fabrication, assembly and testing services for nuclear plant crane upgrades; and Taiyuan, China-based PaR-TZ Nuclear Company, Ltd., which provides assembly, testing, field service and spare parts of new outage-critical cranes and fuel-handling equipment for China’s commercial nuclear market.

Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world’s pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants.