IBM on April 13 announced the opening of a new $30 million manufacturing facility at its Poughkeepsie, N.Y., site to produce the next generation of System z mainframes and high-end Power Systems servers.
The 56,000-square-foot facility, built inside an existing structure at IBM's 400-acre site in Poughkeepsie, features several innovations to conserve energy and improve manufacturing processes.
The facility will produce IBM's next line of System z mainframe computers and high-end Power Systems servers – based on leading IBM technology – that manage business operations from critical banking transactions to Internet workloads to the most demanding emerging new applications for clients worldwide. For example, more than half of Fortune 500 companies use IBM mainframes to execute daily business transactions.
"The new manufacturing facility in Poughkeepsie reflects IBM innovation in the design, testing and assembly of its mainframes and high-end servers," said Mike Desens, Poughkeepsie senior location executive. IBM Systems & Technology Group. "And it underscores our reliance on the skills and talents of our workforce, as well as a long-term commitment to a continuing presence in New York State and the Mid-Hudson Valley."
The new facility, in planning for more than three years, is designed more like a data center than a warehouse, with a strong emphasis on innovation and efficiency. The facility's features include:
The facility is designed to handle the next generation of systems and the capacity and flexibility to manufacture future products. The first products for customers are expected to roll off the assembly line later this year.