Hubbell Harvest Fest marks beginning of multi-million dollar, 30,000-square foot building expansion
Another anchor has been driven to support economic development in Centralia.
At least 1,200 onlookers clapped, 11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 29 as a small group of Hubbell Power Systems employees, drove a gold-painted power-line anchor into the ground on the southeast side of the company’s engineering center and test laboratory.
The event, part of the company’s “Harvest Day,” celebration, marked the ground-breaking of Hubbell-Centralia’s expansion and the location of the firm’s new training center and office building.
The planned 30,000 square-foot, two-story building is a multi-million dollar investment in Hubbell Centralia and the community, Mike Kelley, Hubbell-Centralia’s vice president and general manager said, and it was warmly welcomed by at least one city official.
“I’ve noticed that Mike and the other people here are really trying to re-invest in Centralia,” Chris Cox, Centralia mayor told the crowd, which had taken a quick break from the bounce houses and barbecue to watch the anchor be driven and listen to Kelley. “Events like this show that. On behalf of the city of Centralia I want to thank Hubbell for this investment. This just shows their commitment to Centralia.”
Kelley said there were several reasons why Hubbell, chose its Centralia property which employs an estimated 750 people, out of Hubbell Utility Systems’ 20+ sites across the country, as well as others in Canada and Mexico, for the expansion.
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