Westfield Fluid Controls, part of Westfield Hydraulics, is relocating its manufacturing operations to Lafayette, moving from San Fernando, California, according to the Louisiana Economic Development.
Westfield Hydraulics, which makes valves and fluid controls for aerospace and defense applications, will invest $5.1 million to establish the facility. The state economic development agency said the business will create 67 direct jobs with an average salary of $49,797, plus benefits.
The state estimates the move will add 106 indirect jobs, for a total of 173 new jobs for the Acadiana region.
“We see this expansion as vital to better support our customers in the rapid development of highly customized fluid control solutions for space and defense systems,” Westfield Hydraulics CEO Robert Schacht said in a writtten statement.
“We chose Louisiana because we wanted to be part of a community that was truly focused on supporting aerospace manufacturing,” he said. “We also found a real understanding, by everyone involved, of the kind of collaboration necessary to produce quality jobs and a workforce that shares our dedication to building a first-rate team.”
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Westfield will occupy a 30,000 square-foot facility at the Northpark Technology Center on West Pont des Mouton Road, which is one of the four business parks owned by the Lafayette Economic Development Authority.
State economic development officials began discussing the possibility of the new plant with Westfield in 2017. The company also considered locations in Texas, Florida and Ohio.
“Lafayette has a rich history of innovation and expertise in manufacturing – from oilfield components to jewelry to food products – which played a role in Westfield Fluid Controls selecting our community for the location of their new state-of-the-art facility,” said Gregg Gothreaux, head of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. “The specialized, high-skilled positions available with the company will offer significant opportunities for local workers with manufacturing or machining experience, while complementing our aviation sector.”
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To land the plant, Louisiana offered Westfield a package that included the state’s FastStart program and eligibility for a grant of up to $250,000. The company is expected to use the Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs, according to the state economic development agency.
Westfield is the second company based in California to expand to Acadiana in 2020, after school software company SchoolMint announced it would be moving its headquarters from San Francisco to Lafayette.
“Westfield Fluid Control’s announcement is a big win for Lafayette and continues to demonstrate that our community’s skilled workforce and existing business base are attractive to outside businesses,” Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory said. “I look forward to working with Westfield’s team as the company grows in Lafayette Parish.”
This article originally appeared on Lafayette Daily Advertiser: New Westfield Fluid Controls facility expected to bring 173 total jobs to Acadiana
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