Electronics giant ABB 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 range of products for use in passenger railway cars and electric commercial vehicles, including compact converters, auxiliary converters, battery chargers and energy storage systems.
The new facility will produce converters and batteries for the railway and transportation industries, electric off-road construction and mining machinery and electric buses. The $6-million plant includes over 65,000 square feet of operational space, and will employ nearly 100 skilled production workers when at scale.
Since 2010, ABB has invested $14 billion in plant expansions and improvements in the US, the company’s largest market. The company recently announced plans for to invest an additional $170 million in its US facilities.
“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 of ABB’s US Traction Division. “This facility provides a comprehensive offering to our customers that will allow them to enhance their business by utilizing ABB technology and support.”