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Corbett in Brazil: 74 jobs coming to Chambersburg

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Governor Tom Corbett announced Tuesday that Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, a hydraulic cylinder manufacturer, will establish its first U.S.-based manufacturing facility in Chambersburg and create 74 new jobs.

Corbett made the announcement during a roundtable discussion in Brazil, where he's leading a team that's hoping to spur tourism and trade in Pennsylvania.

Eric Olson, North American general manager for Wipro, said the company will begin moving into their Chambersburg location in June and will be operational by the end of 2013. He said they will begin by hiring a management team and people to assemble, wash, test and paint components that are brought in from overseas. 

Gradually, the plant will also begin manufacturing the components in Chambersburg.

They are calling this Phase 2 and plan to hire more people once the manufacturing begins. 

"In Phase 2, then we will begin to localize the actually manufacturing of some of the core components and then continue to expand that," Olson said on a conference call from Brazil today.

Wipro is a major supplier of Volvo Construction Equipment, which has its North American headquarters in Shippensburg. Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Economic Development Corporation, said the plan had been in the works for a while now but was finalized after the group met with Volvo in Brazil. 

Corbett said Volvo has requested that its suppliers move closer to its Shippensburg plant. He hopes this could mean more companies will join Wipro in opening up in Pennsylvania. 

The governor's 10-day trip also includes a stop in Chile. He went to France and Germany last year.

"We are competing with the world so this is our way of getting Pennsylvania on everybody's radar," he said. 

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