IAM Advocacy Secures Nearly $6 Million Clean Energy Investment for Local 1400 Voith Hydro Plant in Pennsylvania

May 9, 2024 | Politics & Legislative News

IAM Local 1400 (District 98) members at Voith Hydro recently unveiled a new multi-million dollar industrial-scale capital investment in American manufacturing with the addition of a 200-ton, 30-foot-tall PAMA Speedram 3000 horizontal boring mill (HBM) during a ribbon cutting ceremony at its York, Pa., manufacturing plant.

The 200-ton, 30-foot-tall PAMA Speedram 3000 HBM was unveiled to local, state, and federal officials, company employees, and IAM Local 1400 members. It will machine components crucial to the operations of North American hydropower facilities. 

Clean energy investments driven by the IAM-championed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act are increasing the demand for hydropower in the United States. The $5.8 million U.S. Energy Department investment enhances the capabilities in hydropower manufacturing and demonstrates the Biden Administration’s commitment to being part of the clean energy economy.  

“Investing in the new equipment paves the path for collaboration between the IAM and Voith Hydro in discovering new opportunities for the York facility,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan. “Through our joint efforts, the IAM advocated to the U.S. government on behalf of Voith, securing recognition for their investment in American workers and equipment under the Inflation Reduction Act. This advocacy yielded a $5.8 million tax credit, empowering us with enhanced capabilities in York.”

The tax credit is for Voith’s investment in machinery to support the production of renewable energy equipment at Voith’s existing U.S. manufacturing facility.

“Voith Hydro traces its roots in Pennsylvania and the U.S. back nearly 150 years. The York facility employs almost 350 hydropower professionals, including almost 100 skilled members of the IAM Local 1400,” said IAM District 98 Assistant Directing Business Representative Kermit Forbes, Jr. “For nearly 85 years, we have worked hand in hand with Voith, and today marks another important milestone in that relationship.”

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