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John Coleman, SIOR represented Precision High Voltage which is opening a $4 million Birmingham facility.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Precision High Voltage Systems has opened its new $4 million manufacturing and testing facility in Birmingham, expected to create up to 20 jobs, the Birmingham Business Alliance announced today.
Precision High Voltage Systems, a division of Birmingham-based Jay Electric Co., manufactures formed coils for high voltage machinery used for industrial uses. The 15,000-square-foot facility at 3130 Third Ave. South in Birmingham is the former Mill & Textile Supply building.
The development also includes a testing facility for onsite quality testing of its products.
“The combination of the adapted facility and the latest technology in our production equipment gives Precision High Voltage the ability to be a leading U.S. producer of high voltage coils,” Chad McCowan, chief operating officer of Jay Electric, said in a release. “We are very excited about this opportunity.”
McCowan said Jay Electric invested in new, state-of-the-art equipment for the facility, including a robotic taper used to wrap insulation protection on the formed coils. National Bank of Commerce in Birmingham financed the facility.
McCowan said the company’s work in medium-voltage machines led to the formation of Precision High Voltage.
The new company will be the only high-voltage coil provider in the U.S. focused mainly on motor service repair, McCowan said, and it has recruited three top-level managers to the Birmingham area – including Patrick Nisevich as general manager, with combined high-voltage experience of 75 years.
Attracting industry specific, top-tier talent to the Birmingham area is an important signal, according to Dr. Ray Watts, president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and vice chairman of economic development for the Birmingham Business Alliance.
“The best of the best are finding a welcome home in the Birmingham region,” Watts said in a release. “More and more professionals are realizing that Birmingham’s quality of life is superior.”
Jay Electric employs more than 200 people through the manufacture of formed coils for medium voltage machinery – which it has done since 1984 through its subsidiary Precision Coil and Rotor on East Lake Boulevard – and through its three motor services facilities in Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile.
“Our city is enjoying a period of growth unsurpassed in our history, and we are very appreciative of the continued confidence the company has shown in the future of Birmingham,” Birmingham Mayor William Bell said in a release.