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Metso Expanding U.S. Valve Facility
Helsinki, Finland, 17 May 2011 -- Metso is expanding its’ North American valve facilities in Shrewsbury Massachusetts, USA. This investment is in line with the previous years’ investment decisions to develop Metso’s valve services globally. After the Shrewsbury expansion has been completed, Metso will have new state-of-the art facilities and equipment near to each significant market areas.

The expansion investment includes construction of an additional 7,500 square meters and will be completed in the spring of 2012. The costs of the expansion will be about EUR 4 million (USD 6 million).

‘’These are positive messages to our customers: We are constantly improving our service level to our partners in oil, gas, process, and pulp and paper industries,’’ said John Quinlivan, president of the Flow Control North America business unit.

‘’Many of our customer’s processes are becoming more demanding as they strive to increase productivity and they are looking for us to provide the solutions to their evolving processes. The expansion will facilitate the establishment of a dual operational model for high volume standard production and customer-engineered valve production. This gives us the prerequisites to serve our customer with greater product and application scope. It further positions us for growth in what we expect to be a strengthening local market.” Quinlivan said.

Metso’s North American industrial valve business currently employs about 500 persons in t United States. After the expansion, the major part of the personnel will be located in Shrewsbury.

Metso (www.metso.com) is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling, and the pulp and paper industries. The company has about 28,500 employees in more than 50 countries.

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