Production is in full swing at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories’ Lewiston location.
The company announced Thursday hat relays are in full production at the new site and are now shipping to customers worldwide.
SEL expanded its operation into Lewiston with the opening of a new 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in January. The first items produced were plastic parts for SEL’s many electrical control products. Now, 120 people work at the facility, manufacturing digital relays that will eventually help control the flow of electricity on power grids around the world.
The Lewiston plant currently has two shifts: one manufactures relays, data cables, voltage regulators, and plastic parts. The second shift currently manufactures everything except the relays. SEL officials say getting that second shift manufacturing relays is the next step for the facility.
SEL’s Plastics division, which relocated from the SEL Pullman headquarters, is already growing. Soon SEL will install a new 220-ton plastic injection molding press that will allow the manufacturing of larger plastic parts. With the addition of a piece of equipment expected later this year, SEL plastics operations will double.
As many as 500 people could work at the Lewiston facility. The site also has additional acreage that will allow SEL to expand.