HOBART | Midwest Service Center has won a $2.2 million contract to build a turbine cylinder for a Louisiana utility company.
The turbine cylinder, scheduled to be completed by March 24, will be 23 feet tall and weigh 100 tons.
Company President Mahmoud Mazaheri said it will take about 30,000 man hours to complete the job. Employees have been working 24 hours a day, seven days a week since mid-October to meet the March 24 deadline, Mazaheri said.
Midwest Service Center, which repairs, refurbishes and manufactures parts for mechanical, electrical, electromechanical and power generation equipment, outbid an Indonesian firm, Mazaheri said.
To complete the job, Midwest has hired 15 additional high-wage scale welders, machinists and engineers giving the company a total of 85 permanent employees, Mazaheri said. During the peak season in the fall and spring, Mazaheri said, the company workforce is more than 100 employees.
Midwest Service Center currently has two locations, the mechanical division at 408 Shelby St., and the electrical division next door at 4200 Ind. 130. Midwest will open a third parts manufacturing facility by the end of January in the former Isakson’s Motors at Ind. 51 and U.S. 6.
Hobart recently granted Midwest Service Center tax abatement on the Isakson building, which had been shuttered in 2009, Mazaheri said. The company is investing more than $3 million in new equipment, Mazaheri said.
Other Midwest Service Center projects include repairing large pumps for Chicago Metropolitan, repairing turbines for the city of Chicago, projects from various nuclear power plants, and repairing and refurbishing large electrical motors from Northwest Indiana steel mills, their main electrical customers.
The company was owned by Westinghouse from 1972 to 1998 when it was purchased by Siemens of Germany. Siemens decided to close the shop in 1999.
Mazaheri and other investors did a management buyout becoming an independent entity June 1, 1998, starting with 50 employees.