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STIHL Inc. Announces New Administration Facility to Accommodate Planned Growth

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Release Date: 10/17/2017

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.STIHL Inc., headquarters for U.S. operations of the worldwide STIHL Group, announced that it is moving forward with plans to expand its Virginia Beach, Va. facility with a more than $25 million investment in a new administration building and other campus improvements. Construction of the state-of-the-art, 80,000-square-foot facility is part of the company’s commitment to continual investment in infrastructure projects in support of growing U.S. operations. The new building will combine the Sales & Marketing, Finance & Controlling, Legal, and Customer & Technical Service teams under one roof. It will also house a brand experience and customer welcome center.

“STIHL Inc. has enjoyed strong year over year growth in our sales as well as our manufacturing operations,” said Bjoern Fischer, president of STIHL Inc., “While the current structure has served us well for the last 40+ years, the new building will improve administrative operational efficiency allowing us 
to better serve our network of 9,000 independent servicing dealers and their customers.”

Since its inception in 1974, the Virginia Beach STIHL Inc. facility has grown from a single, 20,000-square-foot rented warehouse, to more than one-million square feet of manufacturing and administration space on more than 150 acres. This growth has been strongly supported by STIHL’s positive, long standing, partnership with the City of Virginia Beach.

“The City of Virginia Beach has been an ideal business partner,” stated Fischer. “For over 40 years the city has continued to create a positive economic environment for manufacturers like STIHL, supporting our continued growth and expansion.”

Virginia Beach-based 
Hourigan Construction, a firm with extensive experience in construction management, and specifically, corporate headquarters facilities, has been selected as the general contractor for the project. Another Hampton Roads company, HBA Architecture Interior Design, was selected as the lead architect; and Virginia Beach-based Ingenuity Development will serve as the owner’s representative.

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We look forward to this terrific opportunity to build a strong relationship with an exceptional organization that understands its people are the company's strongest and most important assets,” said Chris Brandt, executive vice president of Hourigan Construction. “It’s important to us that our core company values align with those of our clients, and we are pleased to affiliate ourselves with STIHL. We are eager to bring our unparalleled experience to the forefront for this important and exciting project.”

The groundbreaking is set for early 2018, with a target move-in date in 2019. Employees working in the current administration building will temporarily move to STIHL owned office space at the International Industrial Center (formerly Lillian Vernon).

To learn more, visit www.
STIHLusa.com.

About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America,* as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL is also the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment among U.S. landscape professionals.** STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not big box stores. Located in Virginia Beach, Va., STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, exports to over 90 countries around the world; and the majority of STIHL products sold in America are also built in America.*** 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), visit www.STIHLusa.com or text your zip code to 78445.

*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2016 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. **“Number one selling” claim based on 2007-2016 syndicated Irwin Broh Research of the U.S. professional landscaper market. ***
A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units sold in the United States are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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, National Association of Landscape Professionals, the National Recreation and Parks Association, the National Association of State Park Directors and the North American Retail Hardware Association.

For information on job opportunities with STIHL Inc., please go to 
www.stihlcareers.com. STIHL is an EEO and drug-free work environment.

About Hourigan Construction
For over two decades, Hourigan Construction has established itself as the “go-to” firm when it comes to managing complex projects and delivering them to the highest standards. It’s a distinction we have earned through a commitment to investing in the people, tools and technology required to build smart — not only for today but also for the future. As the #1 Construction Manager delivering corporate headquarters projects via Construction Management at Risk, we are excited to build our relationship with STIHL Inc. in our hometown of Virginia Beach. Our portfolio is filled with many success stories, but we’re most proud of the strong relationships we have built and continue to grow. For more information about Hourigan Construction, please visit www.houriganconstruction.com.

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