Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Westinghouse's Move Complete

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Westinghouse's Move Complete

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When Westinghouse finished moving some 200 employees from Monroeville to Cranberry Monday, the transition of the storied company from the eastern suburbs to Butler County was complete.

Westinghouse spokesman Vaughn Gilbert said the shift represents the completion of an effort that began June 8, 2009, when the first 50 Westinghouse workers from the company headquarters in Monroeville unpacked their cardboard moving boxes and set up shop in the new corporate complex in Butler County.

"Getting everybody in the same place has long been the goal," Mr. Gilbert said.

But a few Westinghouse workers will remain in the eastern suburbs.

Russ Bussard, director of real estate and facilities for Westinghouse, said the company moved headquarters employees between June 2009 through November 2010, then transferred employees from its Churchill facility to the Monroe-ville facility to accommodate a downsizing at the Churchill complex.

Mr. Bussard said the company recently signed a 12-year lease for one building at the Churchill location and that will remain in operation. The company is making about $10 million worth of improvements to the building, he said.

The 13-acre Churchill facility is an underground lab that tests metals that have been exposed to radioactive material. Churchill Councilman Ray Jurewicz toured the facility in February and said he was told that it would be too costly to move the lab elsewhere.

"They can't really duplicate that site anywhere else," he said. Mr. Gilbert agreed, saying it was more prudent to improve and expand that facility rather than start over in Cranberry.

Mr. Jurewicz is unsure what will happen to the remaining 135 acres in the former Westinghouse complex, but he hopes for redevelopment.

"We would like a nice, upscale shopping area," he said.

Frank Horrigan was director of the Governor's Action Team and "on the front lines" of the decision to move Westinghouse to Cranberry. …

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