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ABB Launches Expanded Power Transformer Operations at South Boston, VA

ABB has completed a major expansion of its small power transformer operations in South Boston, Virginia. The newly completed ABB South Boston manufacturing facility, first announced in 2006, will occupy 90,000 square feet. This expansion involved a $28.6 million investment from the state of Virginia and ABB. The investment will create 127 new jobs, which is expected to bring the total employment to 600 by the end of the year.

The ABB South Boston facility – originally opened in 1968 – will produce liquid-cooled power transformers up to 75 MVA and 161-kVA) as a result of the expansion. The plant ships approximately 2,000 units per year to major utility, industrial and government users. One of ABB South Boston’s largest recent projects involved producing units used in the extraction of crude oil from the sand in western Canada. South Boston supplied over 100 transformers rated up to 20 MVA.

“ABB continues to see a growing demand for our power products and services among utilities as we help them replace aging infrastructure equipment, improve energy efficiency and deliver power more reliably,” said Enrique Santacana, president and chief executive officer of ABB in North America. “ABB’s small power transformer expansion in South Boston is a very significant part of our commitment to meet these demands for substations throughout the power grid.”

ABB worked closely with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to secure grants and funding for the new state-of-the-art facility, by far the largest of ABB’s three expansion efforts in Halifax County since 1968.

“We appreciate ABB’s decision to choose Halifax County for this major expansion,” said William Fitzgerald, chairman of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. “ABB has been an excellent corporate citizen, and we pledge the full support of Halifax County to ensure their continued success.”

Patsy Vaughan, interim executive director of the Industrial Development Authority of Halifax County, stated, “’Existing Industry’ is our best prospect in creating jobs and investment in our community. We are grateful to ABB for making the decision to reinvest in Halifax County.”

“We are grateful to the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission for their generosity, hard work and partnership with us in making this new facility – and the jobs that come with it – a reality,” said Milton Axton, vice president and general manager, ABB South Boston. “I believe South Boston is clearly the best choice for this expansion since it builds on an already-excellent reputation for results by our experienced Virginia-based employees, using world-class ABB transformer technology.”

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