WELLSVILLE – In 1916, it was full steam ahead for the manufacturer that eventually became Dresser-Rand.
More recently, the Dresser-Rand Wellsville plant has been hit with layoffs, with Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., owner of the Wellsville plant, announcing plans to cut 60 employees by Sept. 30 of this year.
“We don’t have any plans (for more layoffs) at this moment. Like any business, you’re constantly looking at the environment and the economy and making decisions,” said T. Scott Nadler, senior director, Communications and Public Relations, Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.
Despite that, past and present employees gathered Wednesday at the plant to celebrate “a century of excellence in local manufacturing.”
Nadler said the special ceremony also included Congressman Tom Reed, who presented a proclamation marking Dresser-Rand’s 100 years. There were proclamations from other representatives in government or their staff.
“In 1916, the steam turbine company that today is Dresser-Rand’s Wellsville business commenced operation. Now part of Siemens Government Technologies, workers at the Wellsville facility produce steam turbines for the global energy and power generation industry as well as for the U.S. Navy,” Nadler said in a press release.
“It’s a fairly big milestone to be doing what they’re doing for 100 years. There’s still doing important contributions to the Navy’s steam capability as well as oil and gas industry,” Nadler told The Daily Reporter Wednesday. “The potential (is there) for growth in Wellsville even after 100 years. Markets change, economies evolve and we think the plant is going to evolve with the times. It already is,” he said. “The Navy still needs capability and Wellsville is building these. Wellsville’s got very few peers in building these turbines.
“They’ve been working with the Navy for a very long time. They started in 1916. They received awards during WWII for meeting Navy’s needs,” Nadler said. “It’s been evolving and merging as recently as June 30, 2015, when Siemens completed the acquisition of Dresser-Rand.”
There were more than 150 retirees who attended Wednesday’s ceremony, Nadler said.
“It was an employees’ event. We had one lunch at noon time and we had one in the late afternoon/evening,” he said.