WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Purdue officials broke ground Friday on a new electrical engineering research facility.
Washington-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) is building a 100,000 square foot facility near the intersection of US 231 and State Street in West Lafayette.
The laboratory will bring more than 300 new jobs to the area as well as provide more opportunities for Purdue students and staff.
The employee-owned company's work includes researching, developing and manufacturing of electric power systems.
SEL founder, president, and chief technology officer Edmund Schweitzer III said he is looking forward to hiring lots of interns from Purdue.
"We just know that once we start working together that they will want to become full-time employee-owners when they graduate," said Schweitzer.
Schweitzer's ties to Purdue go back to 1898 when his grandfather Edmund Schweitzer graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. Twice a Purdue grad himself (BSEE '68, MSEE '72) Schweitzer said it's good to be back in the area.
"I love the Midwest. I grew up in the Chicago area, love Lafayette, love Indiana and love Purdue so it feels like home," said Schweitzer.
Construction is expected to begin as soon as possible. The facility should be up and running by the fall of 2019.