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Purdue Lands Big Investment From One Of Its Own

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories will build a new research facility at Purdue's Discovery Park bring 300 jobs to West Lafayette, along with a multi-million dollar donation from Purdue alum Ed Schweitzer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- More than 300 jobs are coming to Purdue University's Discovery Park District.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is planning to build a 100,000-square-foot facility for electric power research, making it the school's first major commercial investment.

"A very strong company out of Washington State," Daniels said of Schweitzer. "They're going to put a facility to do high end engineering work and some manufacturing. This is a company that makes high end control devices and meters for electric companies."

Along with the commercial investment in Purdue, Schweitzer Engineering CEO Edmund Schweitzer III a Purdue alumnus is throwing in a $1.5 million donation to the Purdue School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

“We are excited to establish a larger presence in the Midwest,” said Schweitzer, who is the founder of the 100 percent employee-owned Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. “The Discovery Park District, adjacent to the Purdue Airport, is a convenient location for our business aviation needs and company's future expansion." 

The plan is for the new SEL building to sit on 10 acres of land near the Rolls-Royce facility in West Lafayette. President Daniels says the over 300 jobs available are open to anyone, even Purdue students. This fits the model put in place for Purdue's "innovation district" known as Purdue Discovery Park.

"The idea is that many high tech businesses find an ideal location next to a high-end science and technology based research institution like Purdue," said Daniels. "They'll (Schweitzer) hire students as interns, but also as full time employees,"

Ground breaking on the new facility is expected to happen this summer. It's just the beginning of a long-term master plan released by Purdue University earlier this week, which is expected to attract over $1 billion in investment over the next three decades.

(PHOTO: Courtesy of Purdue University)

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