March 28, 2016
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SEL to add 850 jobs as part of major expansion in Pullman

At Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, they like to say “the best way to predict the future is to invent it.” That spirit is going to mean $50 million in new research and development and production payroll at the company’s Pullman campus, where SEL is adding 200,000 square feet of space, to be open by June of 2017.

The expansion will make room for 850 new employees at SEL, which invents and builds innovative equipment for use in electrical power production, wastewater treatment, railroads, mining, and many other sectors. SEL already employs about 2,150 at its Pullman campus. When finished, the company will have almost 1 million square feet in Pullman – the equivalent of 23 acres of space.

“It’s a major, major investment and creates a lot of opportunity for folks who are with us and folks who are starting their careers,” said company president Edmund Schweitzer III.

This expansion comes as SEL begins to fill a 140,000-square-foot building in Lewiston that it finished in 2013.

The Spokesman-Review, Daily Evergreen and Lewiston Tribune covered the story.

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