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ABB invests $100M in greenfield campus

Highly automated production facility will include digital customer experience center and innovation lab

Photo courtesy of ABB
Photo courtesy of ABB

ABB has begun constructing its newest campus in New Berlin, Wisconsin, which will serve as the U.S. headquarters, manufacturing facility and distribution center for the drives and motion services businesses.

The new facility is anticipated to open in late 2024 and will accommodate 720 employees. Approximately $100 million is being invested in the project and is expected to create 100 new jobs over the next three years.

“The U.S. is a significant and crucial market for our drives and the services that support them,” said Tuomo Hoysniemi, president of ABB’s U.S. motion business area and global drives products division. “We are committed to local engineering, product design, and manufacturing as well as increased capacity and innovative production and warehousing processes.

"Our new campus will help us better serve our local customers by increasing the availability of market-specific solutions and decreasing the time it takes to serve our customers," added Hoysniemi.

ABB manufactures a range of AC variable frequency drives and controls for various industrial applications in the U.S. market.

Currently, the business is divided between two smaller, separate campuses in New Berlin and Wauwatosa. The new campus will include 220,000 square feet of manufacturing space and support offices in addition to a connected 315,000-square-foot distribution center.

“While we make products that help our customers improve their energy efficiency, we are pleased to incorporate features into our campus that will help us reduce our own carbon footprint,” said Kelly Kling, site leader and vice president of finance for the U.S. ABB drives and motion services businesses. “Geothermal heat pumps and modern HVAC systems will allow us to recycle wasted heat and reduce our energy usage by more than 45%. Improved insulation, rooftop solar panels and ABB advanced building controls will also ensure that our campus operates efficiently and sustainably over the long term.”

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