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ABB's latest facility investment comes to a town with the perfect name

ABB announced today it has opened a new, manufacturing, distribution, and repair center in Mechanicsville, Virginia, to support its Motion Traction business. This ABB division offers a comprehensive range of high-performance products for use in passenger railway cars and e-mobility commercial vehicles. From individual components to highly integrated traction systems, the product portfolio includes compact converters and auxiliary converters, battery chargers, energy storage systems, as well as service and retrofit solutions.

The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to produce converters and batteries for the railway and transportation industries as well as electric off-road construction machinery for mining as well as electrical buses. The $6 million investment includes over 65,000 square feet of operational space and will employ nearly 100 skilled production workers when at scale. This follows ABB’s recent announcement to invest $170 million in the U.S. to meet increased demand from industry-leading customers, while supporting the clean energy transition and the trend towards reshoring of production.

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