A ceremony marking the 135th anniversary of Voith Hydro's presence in Pennsylvania featured a number of officials, executives and other guests who helped the company's employees and their families observe the occasion.
A program Monday capped the two-day celebration and featured Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, York-area Congressman Todd Platts, and Voith Hydro President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Frank.
"For 135 years, the turbines used to produce energy to power millions of homes and businesses have come from the York area, and Voith is proud to be part of this rich history of American manufacturing," Frank says.
The company's York location can trace its pedigree to 1877, when Stephen Morgan Smith began designing and manufacturing hydraulic turbines.
That company, later incorporated as S. Morgan Smith and subsequently acquired by Allis-Chalmers, was purchased by Voith Hydro in 1986.
"Pennsylvania is proud of its manufacturing success and the skilled Pennsylvanians who hold these jobs," Corbett says. "Hydropower isn't just powering our homes and our businesses -- it's powering our economy, our recovery, and our prosperity, too."
Voith says the employees who work at the York plant have a combined 1,585 years of total service with the company.
"Voith Hydro has been a long-time leader in the hydropower industry and an outstanding member of the local business community," Platts says. "I commend and congratulate its more than 500 employees on this remarkable achievement."