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ABB invests $6 million in new Virginia manufacturing facility

August 2, 2023

ABB invests $6 million in Hanover County
  • Manufacturing, testing and repair facility will double production capabilities serving railway and transportation industries
  • Traction technologies drive innovation and energy efficiency in rail and e-mobility sectors
  • Investment demonstrates ABB’s continued commitment to growing in the U.S. market

ABB announced today it has opened a new, manufacturing, distribution, and repair center in Mechanicsville, Virginia, to support its Motion Traction business. ABB’s Motion Traction division offers a comprehensive range of high-performance products for use in passenger railway cars and e-mobility commercial vehicles. From individual components to highly integrated traction systems, the product portfolio includes compact converters and auxiliary converters, battery chargers, energy storage systems, as well as service and retrofit solutions.

The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to produce converters and batteries for the railway and transportation industries as well as electric off-road construction machinery for mining as well as electrical buses. The $6 million investment includes over 65,000 square feet of operational space and will employ nearly 100 skilled production workers when at scale. This follows ABB’s recent announcement to invest $170 million in the U.S. to meet increased demand from industry-leading customers, while supporting the clean energy transition and the trend towards reshoring of production.

“This investment demonstrates ABB’s commitment to bring more products and solutions closer to customers and use technology to enable OEMs and operators to improve reliability, performance, and energy efficiency,” said Peter Basile, President US Traction Division, ABB, Inc. “This facility provides a comprehensive offering to our customers that will allow them to enhance their business by utilizing ABB technology and support.”

Since 2010, ABB has invested $14 billion in US plant expansions, operational improvements, state-of-the-art equipment, products, and people, making it the company’s largest market. With approximately 20,000 employees in more than 40 manufacturing and distribution facilities, ABB is investing, growing and serving customers across America through industries that create jobs, encourage innovation and achieve a more productive, sustainable future.

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered, and operated. Building on more than 130 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation.