$30m US plant will manufacture low-voltage products
ABB is investing $30m to build a new manufacturing plant in the US that will produce low-voltage products, including circuit-breakers, soft-starters, switches and power distribution systems. The investment in the new 11,000m2 plant – located near Memphis, Tennessee – will initially create more than 200 jobs, with a further 100 jobs expected to be added over the coming five years.
ABB is also expanding its existing LV products customer experience centre in Memphis. It plans to upgrade the training suite to meet the needs of its expanding product portfolio, as well as reinforcing its commitment to “best-in-class” technical support and training.
“As part of ABB’s Next Level strategy, we are expanding our offering of low-voltage products in the United States,” explains Low Voltage Products division president, Tarak Mehta. “This will allow us to provide the full ABB portfolio of products to our customers across the US, through the strong distributor network of Thomas & Betts. This investment will boost ABB’s organic growth potential through improved customer focus and a broader portfolio of electrical connection, protection and control products.”
The new facility will assemble products from across ABB’s LV products portfolio, including the world’s first integrated breaker and power manager, the Emax2. It will also manufacture other breakers, control products, and modular enclosure and DIN-rail systems. The site will also house r&d and product development facilities.
The new investment follows a $14m expansion of ABB’s Measurement Products business in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Over the past five years, ABB's workforce in the Americas has tripled to reach a total of about 20,000 as the company has expanded across the region, including its $3.9bn purchase of the electrical components maker, Thomas & Betts, in 2012.