Westinghouse adding nuclear jobs in East Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Westinghouse Electric Co. will create 52 jobs in an expansion of its Chattanooga nuclear services business unit.

The Toshiba Group company is spending $9.45 million to buy a vacant, 65,000-square-foot building in the Centre South Riverport and add the 52 new jobs for nuclear engineers and technicians.

Russell L. Bussard, facilities and real estate manager for Monroeville, Pa.-based Westinghouse Electric, said in a statement that Chattanooga's "central location, superior transportation network and highly trained engineers" were factors in the expansion decision.

Westinghouse Nuclear Services currently employs 75 people in Chattanooga and plans to occupy the expansion by May 1.

Westinghouse Electric has a $200 million contract for work on the Tennessee Valley Authority's Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, about 50 miles north of Chattanooga.

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