Corbett reveals plans for new plant

Posted: April 11, 2013

HARRISBURG - An international maker of hydraulic cylinders plans to open a plant in central Pennsylvania by the end of the year, Gov. Corbett said Tuesday in Brazil, where he is on a Latin American trade mission.

The planned Wipro Infrastructure Engineering plant in Chambersburg will create 74 local jobs and generate $10 million in capital investment over a decade, Corbett and officials involved in the project said from São Paulo on a conference call with reporters.

India-based Wipro is a major supplier of Volvo Construction Equipment, which officials said has a strong presence in Brazil and whose only North American production facility is in Shippensburg. Wipro has 13 facilities worldwide.

While plans for the Chambersburg plant were largely firmed up before Corbett's 10-day trip began Saturday, Volvo officials met with their Brazilian suppliers Tuesday to discuss the possibility of moving closer to the American facility, said Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., who was in the governor's entourage.

Corbett, who is leading a group of about 50 aides and business leaders, defended his second trade mission, saying, "We are competing with the world, so this is our way of getting Pennsylvania on everybody's radar scope."

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