Emerson lifts curtain on $70 million new Round Rock facility

Jan 31, 2014
Austin American Statesman

Emerson Process Management on Thursday unveiled a $70 million facility in Round Rock designed to help its customers operate large-scale automation projects


The 282,000-square-foot facility will serve as the company’s global headquarters for its automation systems and project services business — which helps customers operate facilities in fields like oil and gas. The company, which is based in Minnesota but has a large presence in Round Rock, typically tackles projects such as oil refineries, chemical plants and big breweries


The multi-disciplinary center provides technology and product design support for customers, as well as a facility called the Integrated Operations Center, where customers can learn how to remotely manage operations and collaborate with experts. It also houses a consulting and engineering practice, along with a product testing lab


Emerson Process Management employs more than 2,500 people in Texas, with more than 800 in the Austin area. Officials said they plan to do more hiring locally for the new center but did not give a specific total


The company, which is a business unit of St. Louis-based manufacturing and technology giant Emerson Electric Co., had $8.6 billion in sales during its most recent fiscal year


Emerson makes a wide range of industrial process control valves and dozens of different sensor devices that monitor plant operations. The company’s Round Rock operation is involved in the electronics engineering, software development and sales and support for the control networks that run big plants


The company was awarded more than 30 large projects worth more than $600 million last year


Company officials also showed off a test lab, where employees demonstrated how remote sensing and technology could enable a customer to pull off an energy sale while video conferencing with engineers, employees on the ground and even a helicopter pilot patrolling oil wells


Emerson officials said that more than 80 customers have already been through the lab, including energy giants like BP and ConocoPhillips


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