Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, has opened its new $30 million Americas headquarters for valve automation technologies and a new manufacturing facility in Houston to expand its services for the oil and gas and petrochemical industries. Emerson designs and manufactures valve actuators to help facilities run their processes and operations.
Over the coming years, Emerson also plans to create 126 new jobs to go along with another $9.5 million capital investment to accommodate anticipated growth.
With the oil and gas industry representing 40 percent of Emerson Process Management’s sales, the new headquarters and manufacturing complex extends Emerson’s presence in Houston, which also includes the $34 million Emerson Industry Center for Hydrocarbon and Energy that opened in early 2012.
The new valve automation complex encompasses 215,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space. Emerson also has manufacturing facilities in Houston for its Daniel measurement and control products and Rosemount Analytical gas chromatographs. Currently, Emerson employs more than 1,000 people in greater Houston.
“We are thrilled to expand our footprint in the Houston community,” said David Plum, president of Emerson Process Management’s valve automation business. “Our history in Texas dates back to 1929 and this area remains critical to our growth plans and service level commitments.”
Located in northwest Houston, near the Energy Corridor, the new complex offers close proximity to more than 3,700 area energy companies. The manufacturing facility is the Americas World Area Configuration Center and complements similar full-service facilities in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East with manufacturing, assembly, integration of control packages, accessory and replacement parts stocking, and testing.
The facility features lean-manufacturing technology and procedures that provide substantial efficiencies through improved work flow, reduced waste, and cost containment.
The new Americas headquarters for valve automation technologies consolidates its sales management, engineering, product development, and administrative functions in support of Emerson Process Management’s growth in North America and South America. It also features an Innovation Center that provides leading-edge training with visual technology connecting global experts for presentations and seminars. A demonstration area provides hands-on experiences with Emerson’s range of valve automation products.
The value automation suite of products includes recognized industry leaders Bettis, El-O-Matic, FieldQ, Hytork, Shafer, Dantorque, and EIM.
Emerson Process Management, the largest business of Emerson, achieved $7.9 billion in sales in its fiscal year 2012, an increase of 13 percent from fiscal year 2011.