RUEIL-MALMAISON, France—Schneider Electric, a manufacturer of energy management and automation equipment, plans to build three new assembly plants in North America and hire more than 1,000 new employees to increase production and speed delivery of electrical products to customers in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.

Company officials are evaluating locations in Santa Teresa, NM, and El Paso, TX, for a U.S. manufacturing site. The company also plans to build an assembly plant in Tlaxcala, Mexico, and another in Mexico City. The company plans to start construction before the end of 2021. The company expects the new facilities to begin assembling circuit breakers, switchboards, panel boards, and medium-voltage switchgear for use in data centers, infrastructure and homes by late 2022.

“Our future is calling for a more resilient and sustainable supply chain and that’s exactly what we’re seeking to deliver with this latest investment,” says Annette Clayton, CEO and president of Schneider Electric North America. “By continuing to invest in modern, digitally enabled manufacturing, we’re increasing capacity to minimize interruption risk when unforeseen challenges occur and reduce wait time for customers.”

Schneider Electric is also focused on shortening its regional supply chain. Beyond bolstering its manufacturing capacity, Schneider Electric has vetted and approved more than 100 alternate suppliers and secured strategic buys of industry-constrained raw materials to support increased demand and improve continuity of supply, respectively.

Schneider Electric’s supply chain investments of more than $100 million in 2021 and 2020 will enable the company to build and equip the new plants to increase manufacturing capacity. The monies have also been used to purchase new equipment and tooling to build components used for production, and to hire, train, and upskill its workforce within its regional manufacturing network.