Wärtsilä extends service centre in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 7 October 2008 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation has inaugurated a new extension to its service centre in Chesapeake. The building provides increased capacity for propeller repairs and water jet assembly, while creating a service centre for repair and overhaul of engines, propulsion equipment and shaft seals.

The principal customers for the new service centre are the US Navy, US Coast Guard and US Military Sealift Command. The service centre is also well located to serve a number of commercial shipyards, repair yards and commercial vessels. The extended premises have ample capacity to provide the wider scope of services to our customers and enables tasks to be turned around faster.

At present, there are 86 employees working at the Chesapeake facility, of which 29 are in the new premises. The number of employees will increase further as business expands over the coming years.

Wärtsilä gives top priority to quality in all its work, products and services. Thus, all new employees at Chesapeake are trained on site and at programs conducted by the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Wärtsilä is ISO 9001 certified, and the Chesapeake workshop uses NAVSEA-approved procedures. US Government Quality Assurance Review (QAR) is present on site too.

The new premises at Chesapeake comprise 1950 m2 (21,000 ft2) of workshop and 820 m2 (8800 ft2) of offices for a total of 2770m2 (29,800 ft2). Thus they add 102 % to the existing workshop which has a floor area of 1900 m2 (20,460 ft2). The combined production facilities total 4670 m2 (50,260 ft2) and is equipped with 7 overhead cranes from 10 to 55 tons, milling and drilling machines, lathe, hydraulic press, balance machine, propeller wrenching area and dye penetrant and quality checks areas.

Media contact: 
Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund 
Public Relations Manager 
Wärtsilä Corporation 
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1439 
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425 
e-mail: marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com 

Local media contact:
Carmen Bozoti
Wärtsilä Defense, Inc.
Direct tel: +1 757-966-5410
Direct fax: +1 757-487-3658
E-mail: carmen.bozoti@wlc.wartsila.com
Internet: www.wartsila.com

Wärtsilä Corporation in brief:
Wärtsilä enhances the business of its customers by providing them with complete lifecycle power solutions. When creating better and environmentally compatible technologies, Wärtsilä focuses on the marine and energy markets with products and solutions as well as services. Through innovative products and services, Wärtsilä sets out to be the most valued business partner of all its customers. This is achieved by the dedication of more than 17,000 professionals manning 160 Wärtsilä locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland.