Supercomputer manufacturer Cray has opened a second production facility in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
The Business Journal reports that Cray's new plant, combined with upgrades to its existing facility in Chippewa Falls, doubles supercomputer production capacity in the city. The Chippewa Herald reports that Cray’s new manufacturing building is equipped to produce the company’s complete line of supercomputer products. The new building had last been used by a power-coating company that shuttered its Chippewa Falls operations. Cray bought the building in 2013 and has completed modifications to the property. Cray is adding 17 jobs in connection with the expansion, bringing the company's workforce in the western Wisconsin city to around 200 employees.
Supercomputer innovator Seymour Cray launched Cray Research in his hometown of Chippewa Falls in 1972. The company was previously headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota. Now based in Seattle, Cray has an office in St. Paul.
The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch quoted a statement from Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "Maintaining direct control of our manufacturing process ensures our systems are built with the highest level of quality that customers expect in a Cray product. It also allows us to test and integrate Cray systems before they are shipped to customer sites," he said.