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STIHL Inc. Corporate Timeline


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1970 - 1974

  • STIHL Incorporated opens for business in leased facility. (1974)

1975 - 1979

  • First U.S. sales office opens. (1975)
  • STIHL Manufacturing Plant I and Administrative Offices (121,000 square feet) open. (1976)

1980 - 1984

  • Addition to Manufacturing Plant 1 – including Tool and Die Shop, the Crankshaft Heat-Treating and Plastics Department – complete. (1980)
  • Plant II (173,000 square foot) opens. (1983)
  • Establishment of STIHL apprenticeship program. (1984)

1985 - 1989

  • STIHL Inc. launches the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® series on ESPN. (1985)
  • Production of the one-millionth chainsaw in Virginia Beach. (1986)
  • Introduction of STIHL line of protective apparel and accessories. (1986)

1990 - 1994

  • Fred Whyte named President of STIHL Inc. (1992)

1995 - 1999

  • 100th birthday of Andreas Stihl. (1996)
  • Introduction of STIHL 029 Super FARM BOSS® chainsaw. (1998)
  • Introduction of FS 120 / FS 200 trimmers. (1998)

2000 - 2004

  • Introduction of STIHL HomeScaper Series™. (2000)
  • New Employee Services building opens. (2000)
  • Addition to Raw Materials Warehouse/Manufacturing (72,000 square feet) complete. (2001)
  • Introduction of revolutionary STIHL 4-MIX® technology and Precision Series™ hand tool line. (2001)
  • Introduction and application of the STIHL Easy2Start™ recoil starting system. (2003)
  • Introduction of the STIHL MM 55 YARD BOSS®, an innovative, multi-task yard care system. (2003)
  • Third phase of manufacturing expansion (175,000 square feet) complete. (2004)

2005 - 2009

  • Launch of STIHL Marketing Advantage Program, allowing independent STIHL servicing dealers to compete with big box retailers. (2005)
  • New guide bar production plant (60,000 square feet) opens. (2007)
  • STIHL becomes the number one selling brand of gasoline powered handheld outdoor power equipment among US Landscape professionals.* (2007)
  • STIHL recognizes 1,000th certified Gold level service technician. (2008)
  • STIHL becomes the number one selling brand of gasoline powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America.** (2009)

2010 - 2014

  • Production of 50 millionth unit in the U.S., and Built in America campaign debuts. (2012)
  • Introduction of World's First Battery-Powered Cut-off Machine - TSA 230 STIHL Cutquick®. (2014)
  • Celebrates 40th Anniversary in US. (2014)

2015 - 2019

  • Retail network grows to 9,000 servicing dealers nationwide. (2015)
  • STIHL apprenticeship program first in Virginia to receive German American Chamber of Commerce IHK certification. (2015)
  • STIHL Inc. welcomes new President Bjoern Fischer. (2016)
  • Introduction of STIHL Battery System, a complete line of consumer and professional battery products. (2017)
  • First STIHL battery product, BGA 56, produced in the US. (2017)
  • Introduction of STIHL pressure washer line. (2017)
  • STIHL rolls out largest product launch in company history. (2017)
  • Construction begins on new $25 million, 80,000 square foot administration building. (2018)
  • STIHL Incorporated produces 75 millionth unit. (2019)
  • STIHL Contra: The legendary chain saw turns 60. (2019)
  • STIHL Incorporated announces collaboration with Sara Bendrick (2019)






*”Number one selling brand” is based on 2007-2018 Irwin Broh Research syndicated study data of the U.S. professional landscaper market.

**“Number one selling brand” is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2017 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.