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Ziehl-Abegg breaks ground on new $100m plant

USA: German fans and drives manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg has broken ground on its new 46,500m2 production plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The plans, first announced in November, for the $100m factory also include a high-bay warehouse, a modern administrative building, and an innovative development hub with a laboratory.

It marks the largest single investment by Ziehl-Abegg at one location in the company’s 113-year history and is the result of the strong growth in energy-saving fans in the Mexico, Canada and US markets. 

Ground-breaking Ziehl-Abegg management (left to right): Thomas Brommer (vice president global sales), Jimmy Mitchell (vice president operations, ZA USA), Dr Marc Wucherer (CEO ZA group), Joachim Ley (chief operating officer, ZA group) and Mirco Herrmann (MD/president, ZA USA)

Growth in North America has enabled its existing site in nearby Greensboro to increasingly accelerate its rate of expansion since its inception in 2004. The workforce has already increased from 40 to 230 in the past 8 years and by 2030 it is anticipated that there will be 800 people working for Ziehl-Abegg in the USA. 

The new building is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2024. The existing production plant will then be relocated to the new site in 2025. 

According to chief operating officer Joachim Ley, the production plant will have a high level of vertical integration. “Thanks to a system of fully self-contained production, starting with the motors, we will be able to offer our customers a high degree of flexibility and short delivery times,” he said.

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