VIRGINIA BEACH, Virg., August 13, 2012 — Stihl celebrated the grand opening of its latest addition to the Virginia Beach manufacturing campus. Completed in May after only five months of construction, the expansion is part of Stihl's continued investment in vertical integration. The company attributes the success of this project to the close collaboration with its development partners, including the City of Virginia Beach.
Dr. Bertram Kandziora, Stihl executive board chairman, was present to dedicate the facility and recognize the continued growth and success at Stihl.
The new plant adds more than 55,000 sq. ft., and doubles the capacity of the company’s blow molding operation. The expansion also houses the company’s new 3,200-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art data center, which is the first of its kind in the world to use computer door coil cooling units in conjunction with geothermal cooling.
Christian Koestler, Stihl's vice president of operations for manufacturing, said the accessories plant expansion is significant because it represents the evolution the company has undergone through the years expanding from a simple assembly operation in 1974, to an industry-leading, vertically integrated manufacturing company.