Watlow, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of complete thermal systems, is opening a new manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas to manufacture WATCONNECT, the company’s new line of control panels.

Watlow will celebrate the grand opening with an open house on Tuesday, November 8. At the celebration, various-sized WATCONNECT panels will be on display for customers, team members, city officials and media. Kevin Schloemann, vice president and general manager of the energy processes’ business unit and Jeff McClanahan, senior business executive of the Houston facility, will speak on the importance of the facility and how it aligns with Watlow’s strategy for the energy processes’ industry. Lunch will be provided, as well as tours of the facility.

“Energy processes is a focused industry for Watlow, and we are committed to providing our customers with innovative solutions that enable a competitive edge,” said Schloemann. “WATCONNECT control panels continue the Watlow tradition of innovative standard pre-engineered thermal products designed to provide a complete thermal system.”

“Our Texas location is ideal for Watlow due to its proximity to strategic customers at the epicenter of the American energy industry,” said McClanahan. “The Houston facility is also conveniently located near key export routes allowing Watlow to offer WATCONNECT panels and systems globally.”

Watlow is currently offering small and medium-sized, hazardous and non-hazardous panels from the Houston facility, and will add extra small as well as large and extra-large in 2017. Thermal skidded systems will also be manufactured in the facility next year.