Detmold/Richmond. Weidmüller, the German global market leader in Smart Industrial Connectivity and digitalisation, announced the expansion of its US site in Richmond, Virginia. The official ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion of the North American headquarters took place on 18 May in the presence of the Governor of the State of Virginia. The aim of the expansion is to bring the development and production of systems for industrial connectivity and automation technology and IIoT closer to the US market.
“Weidmüller’s expansion at the Richmond site demonstrates our commitment in the USA and furthers our aim of bringing development and production even closer to our local partners and customers. Richmond has been Weidmüller’s home for almost 50 years and has proven to be an excellent location. We would like to thank the Governor of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Chesterfield County for their continued support,” said Board Chairman Christian Gläsel.
Global leader in Smart Industrial Connectivity
Digitalisation, innovative connection and installation technology and smart automation systems are also driving the transformation of industrial production, mobility and energy systems in the USA. The rapid growth in renewable energies and the increasing demands on energy efficiency in particular require new concepts. Weidmüller is a strong partner for innovative solutions in the USA with its presence in Richmond, established in the mid-1970s, and its international positioning.
The official start of construction was celebrated on 18 May in Richmond
Site expansion boosts Chesterfield County economy
As part of its growth strategy, in the first phase, Weidmüller will expand its sales, development and production area in the USA by 2,300 square meters. The climate-friendly new building will be equipped with solar cells designed to achiever an annual output of 392,000 kilowatt hours. Highly efficient air conditioning, recycled materials and charging stations for electric vehicles from our own production will make an additional contribution to the sustainability of the building concept.
The investment of $16 million will be realised over three years and will create more than 100 new jobs in Richmond, Virginia. Part of the strategy is also the acquisition of a neighbouring property for further expansion of the site.
“We are proud that this global leader is continuing to expand here in Virginia, creating more than 100 new engineering and manufacturing jobs in Chesterfield County,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “This state in the US is a hub for new technologies, and Weidmüller has been an important partner in the strengthening of our pioneering role for almost 50 years.”
Local development and production maximise service in the USA
The expansion of the US platform underscores Weidmüller’s long-term growth strategy and the industry pioneer’s commitment to Richmond. “We look forward to further expanding our presence in the USA and thus being even closer to our customers in North America. We can use the local development and production ‘Made in the USA’ to respond more effectively to market needs and to scale more rapidly. In this respect, the new building plays an important role for the future of Weidmüller and strengthens the cooperation with our American partners, distributors and customers,” says Volker Bibelhausen, CTO and spokesman for Weidmüller in summing up.