Voith Hosts U.S. Ambassador to Germany
U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Dr. Amy Gutmann recently toured Voith Hydro’s manufacturing facility in York, Pa. The facility is one of the largest, dedicated hydropower manufacturing facilities in the world and has been in York for more than 145 years. Ambassador Gutmann visited Voith Hydro prior to her participation in the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., a summit focused on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. Ambassador Gutmann received a behind-the-scenes tour of Voith Hydro’s state-of-the-art facility and learned about the company’s commitment to the U.S. market. Members of Voith’s management team also discussed the company’s commitment to infrastructure investment, made in America products, and apprenticeship program that trains the skilled craftspersons who build the hydroelectric turbines that bring clean energy to homes across the U.S.
Ambassador Gutmann is very familiar with Pennsylvania. Prior to being confirmed by the Senate in February 2022, she served as President of the University of Pennsylvania for 18 years. As Ambassador, one of her priorities is encouraging German investment in the U.S. and a strong bilateral economic relationship between the two allies. In total across its three group divisions, Voith Hydro, Voith Paper and Voith Turbo has more than 2,100 employees in the U.S. working in 40 states.
“It was an honor to welcome Ambassador Gutmann to our North American headquarters in York,” said John Seifarth, Senior Vice President and COO, Voith Hydro North America. “The Ambassador has a strong appreciation for the shared values and economic ties between the U.S. and Germany. We are proud of our Pennsylvania roots that date back to the 1870s. Voith is a model for how the private sector in our two countries can work together to build sustainable energy while growing our economies.”
Voith Turbo also has a U.S. headquarters located in York, Pa. Voith Turbo specializes in drive technology across diverse industries, including oil and gas, energy, mining and mechanical engineering, ship technology, rail and commercial vehicles. In late 2023, Voith Turbo will be undergoing a facility expansion that will allow the company to increase its U.S. manufacturing and assembly capabilities. Ralf Dreckmann, President of Voith Turbo North America, was part of the delegation that welcomed Ambassador Gutmann to York.
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