ABB invests nearly $100 million in New Berlin greenfield campus

  • Investing nearly $100 million in brand new campus will increase U.S. production capacity of industrial electric drives and provide additional customer services
  • Highly automated production facility will be complemented by a digital Customer Experience Center and a state-of-the-art Innovation Lab
  • Building design features, such as solar power, geothermal heat pump and modern HVAC systems, and advanced building controls, will help the company meet its 2030 sustainability goals
  • ABB is investing nearly $100 million in a new campus in New Berlin to increase US production capacity of industrial electric drives.
  • ABB’s new campus in New Berlin will feature a highly automated production facility, digital Customer Experience Center, and state-of-the-art Innovation Lab.

ABB, a global leader in technology innovation, is celebrating the “floor pour” of its newest U.S. flagship campus at 18250 W. Lincoln Avenue. The greenfield location in New Berlin will serve as the U.S. headquarters, manufacturing facility and distribution center for the Drives and Motion Services businesses. The new facility is anticipated to open in late 2024 and will accommodate 720 ABB employees. Approximately $100 million is being invested in the project and is expected to create 100 new jobs over the next three years.

“The U.S. is a significant and crucial market for our drives and the services that support them,” said Tuomo Hoysniemi, President of ABB’s US Motion Business Area and Global Drives Products Division. “We are committed to local engineering, product design, and manufacturing as well as increased capacity and innovative production and warehousing processes. Our new campus will help us better serve our local customers by increasing the availability of market-specific solutions and decreasing the time it takes to serve our customers.”

The business manufactures a wide range of AC variable frequency drives and controls that reduce energy consumption in buildings and industrial applications in the U.S. market. Currently, the business is divided between two smaller, separate campuses in New Berlin and Wauwatosa. The new campus will include 220,000 square feet of manufacturing space and support offices in addition to a connected 315,000-square-foot distribution center. The consolidation of all operations to one campus will add additional efficiencies and reduce overall time to deliver.

“While we make products that help our customers improve their energy efficiency, we are pleased to incorporate features into our campus that will help us reduce our own carbon footprint,” said Kelly Kling, Site Leader and Vice President of Finance for the U.S. ABB Drives and Motion Services businesses. “Geothermal heat pumps and modern HVAC systems will allow us to recycle wasted heat and reduce our energy usage by more than 45%. Improved insulation, rooftop solar panels and ABB advanced building controls will also ensure that our campus operates efficiently and sustainably over the long term.”

ABB has more than 20,000 employees across more than 40 sites in the U.S. and has invested more than $14 billion in the country since 2010.

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered, and operated. Building on more than 130 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation.


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