STIHL Inc. Announces Manufacturing Expansion


Expansion creates 52 new jobs in Virginia Beach headquarters   
Release Date: 12/13/2011
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(Virginia Beach, VA) — STIHL Inc ., manufacturer of the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, will expand its operation by 53,256 square feet at the Virginia Beach U.S. headquarters. The expansion, scheduled for completion in spring 2012, represents a total capital investment of $10.3 million and the creation of 52 new jobs.
 
STIHL Inc. established its U.S. headquarters in Virginia Beach more than 30 years ago with less than 50 employees in a small 20,000-square-foot warehouse . Since then, STIHL has grown into more than one million square feet of manufacturing and administration space on 89 acres with more than 2,000 employees nationwide.
 
“Our Virginia Beach workforce has proven its ability to meet the demands of our customers, both here and overseas,” said Peter Mueller, executive vice president for STIHL Inc. “Because of the manufacturing-friendly environment in Virginia Beach, we are able to compete domestically and globally, ultimately, allowing us to continue to expand our operations here.”
 
The expansion adds 53,256 square feet of additional high performance manufacturing capacity to an existing building. STIHL’s capital investment includes $4.6 million in new machinery and tools to accommodate growth in the blow molding operation. The expansion will double the company’s blow molding capabilities enabling them to manufacture additional blow molded components on site, expand its line-winding operations for trimmers and relocate welding operations.
 
The Virginia Beach Development Authority has awarded STIHL Inc. an Economic Development Investment Program grant in the amount of $100,000 based on the capital investment and number of full-time jobs created.
 
“STIHL’s continued growth and success in the city is very impressive,” said Warren D. Harris, director of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development. “It is one of the largest manufacturing employers in the region, and we are extremely pleased that this expansion will bring new high-paying jobs for our citizens.”
 
For more information on STIHL Inc., visit http://www.stihlusa.com/.
 

About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America for homeowners and professional landscapers*, as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit the dealer locator on the STIHL website at http://www.stihlusa.com/.  
 
*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2011 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
 
STIHL is pleased to support the work of Independent We Stand, the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), National FFA, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), and the National Association of State Park Directors.