Due to the increasing demands for alternative and renewable energy sources, Siemens Energy & Automation, Alpharetta, Ga., is investing more than $20 million to develop a second plant in Elgin, Ill., for its Drives Technologies business. The expansion will increase production, which the company hopes will enable it to meet the expectations of its customers.

"Siemens is committed to providing technologies that promote energy efficiency and reduce costs," says Anne Cooney, vice president of the Power Conversion Division for Siemens Energy & Automation. "Combined with the expertise and product knowledge we have in Elgin, the new facility will enable Siemens to increase production of our mechanical drives to help our customers meet the growing demand for sustainable energy resources."