ABB, the world’s leading power and automation technology company, announced today it has been selected by the Office of Mayor Francis G. Slay to receive one of the 2010 Neighborhood Businesses of the Year awards in St. Louis.
Selected in conjunction with the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, neighborhood businesses of the year enhance the quality of life for residents and other customers. This annual award is given to companies in the community, like ABB, that have contributed to the city and its overall revenue by creating and maintaining jobs for local citizens, as well as utilizing hotels, restaurants and other businesses in the area for customers, partners and employees from around the world. ABB has also contributed to the good of the greater St. Louis business community for many years.
“We are truly honored and excited to be recognized by Mayor Francis Slay and the St. Louis Mayor’s Office as a recipient of the Neighborhood Business of the Year award,” said Krzysztof Kulasek, general manager of the ABB transformer facility in St. Louis. “Many of our employees have lived and worked in the St. Louis area their entire lives, so we take great pride in contributing and giving back to the community in many ways. We are proud to be a part of the St. Louis business community.”
ABB currently employs about 300 people at its Power Transformer manufacturing facility on Semple Avenue in St. Louis, just off of Interstate 70. The transformer facility first opened in 1950, though ABB and its legacy companies have been a part of the St. Louis community for more than 100 years.
The award was presented today by Mayor Slay and by Rodney Crim, executive director of the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) at the 2010 City of St. Louis Business Celebration luncheon. The event was held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Krzysztof Kulasek and Eric Doak, manager of Transformer Remanufacturing and Engineering Services (TRES), received the award on behalf of ABB.
Businesses receiving the neighborhood award were mostly small locally-owned businesses, but a few large companies, like ABB, were included.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people. The company's North American operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employ about 12,000 people in 20 manufacturing and other major facilities.