ABB makes multimillion-dollar investment to add jobs and expand Portland, Tenn., site

April 10 Career Fair will have 40 full-time opportunities across flexible shifts

ABB Installation Products is making a multimillion-dollar investment this year and staffing up to 40 new positions as it expands and updates its manufacturing facility in Portland, Tenn., to meet increased demand for electrical equipment.

The integration of new automated equipment and ABB robotics technology, along with the more than 35,000 square feet of building improvements, will help boost production capacity of the 200,000 square-foot site by more than 20 percent. The facility manufactures Carlon® electrical boxes and fittings used in homes and buildings worldwide.

ABB’s Portland, Tenn., facility is the largest manufacturer of electrical junction boxes in North America and also produces millions of parts and PVC fittings each week under the Carlon® brand name used by retailers and contractors for lighting, outlets and wiring. The manufacturing facility enhancements, including the installation of additional production lines and injection molding technology, are expected to be completed by the end of third quarter 2021.

ABB robots assemble Carlon boxes
ABB robots assemble Carlon boxes

“The average home has over 100 electrical boxes and the Carlon and ABB products we make are some of the most requested by contractors, retailers and their customers,” says ABB Portland, Tenn., general manager Keith Lang. “This investment reinforces our commitment to be an employer of choice in the community and enables us to add new teams and shifts with advanced manufacturing capabilities to improve safety and ergonomics, quality, and increase the speed of production and delivery of critical items to our customers.”

Opened in 1990, the facility currently has over 300 employees and will add up to 40 new full-time roles, offering flexible shift options and a comprehensive benefits package. Information about current opportunities and the new positions can be found at ABB’s career page. To allow for interview scheduling in adherence to strict health and safety guidelines, interested candidates will need to apply online in advance of the April 10 Career Fair to be hosted on-site at the 200 Challenger Dr. facility.

ABB Installation Products Division, formerly Thomas & Betts, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of products used to manage the connection, protection and distribution of electrical power in industrial, construction and utility applications. With more than 200,000 products under more than 38 premium brand names, ABB Installation Products solutions can be found wherever electricity is used.

ABB (NYSE: ABB) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

For more information please contact:

Melissa London

Electrification Media Relations

+1 919 649 6581


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