ABB invests in new greenfield campus

By |  April 6, 2023
ABB invested nearly $100 million in its new greenfield campus in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Photo: ABB

ABB invested nearly $100 million in its new greenfield campus in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Photo: ABB

ABB celebrated the “floor pour” of its newest U.S. flagship campus in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

The company says the greenfield location 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 ABC expects it to accommodate 720 employees.

Nearly $100 million is being invested into the project, which is expected to create 100 new jobs over the next three years, ABB says.

“The U.S. is a significant and crucial market for our drives and the services that support them,” says 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.”

ABB manufactures a range of AC variable-frequency drives and controls that reduce energy consumption in buildings and industrial applications in the U.S. market. Currently, the business is divided between two smaller, separate campuses in New Berlin and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

The new campus will include 220,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and support offices, in addition to a connected 315,000-sq.-ft. distribution center. The consolidation of all operations to one campus will add additional efficiencies and reduce overall time to deliver, ABB says.

“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,” says Kelly Kling, site leader and vice president of finance for the U.S. for 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 percent. 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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