Comtrafo planning to open transformer plant in Montana

USA, Columbia Falls: Company officials from a Brazilian transformer manufacturer Comtrafo S.A. visited Columbia Falls in Montana, USA to consider options for establishing a local transformer manufacturing plant, casting an eye toward the former site of the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company.

The owner of Comtrafo and the company’s chief financial officer have partnered with Andy Techmanski of Whitefish Energy Holdings to explore building a transformer plant in North America, with a Flathead Valley location as their top choice, reports Flathead Beacon.

The manufacturing plant would construct and service power transformers, substations and power lines for regional utilities.

“This would position us as the only transformer manufacturer in the Pacific Northwest, and it is very much within our grasp,” Techmanski said. The plant would be the only such facility in the region capable of manufacturing 345 kV power transformers.

Techmanski estimated the plant would employ 1,000 workers at maximum market potential and 250 employees initially.

Source: Flathead Beacon