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ABB to add new US manufacturing facility to support grid hardening and resiliency

March 30, 2023
Investment of $40 million will create new Albuquerque facility to support the US utility sector in strengthening the electric grid.

ABB is reinforcing its commitment to the US market and utility industry with the addition of a new manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for its Installation Products Division, formerly Thomas & Betts. Planning and construction of the new 90,000-square-foot facility is underway and represents an investment of $40 million. The greenfield facility will create 55 new jobs in the area and produce cable products used by electric-utility providers in grid hardening and resiliency initiatives, they note.

When completed in 2024, the Albuquerque facility will include ABB Robotics technology and digital automation to produce more than 1 million additional units annually— the vast majority will be supplied to US customers.

“As the focus on strengthening the US infrastructure and electric grid intensifies, ABB’s latest investment in Albuquerque will advance our production capabilities and significantly boost capacity to meet the needs of utilities for safe, reliable and innovative solutions that are easier to install and maintain,” said Matthias Heilmann, president of ABB Electrification’s Installation Products division. “Continuing to grow our US manufacturing operations and distribution network accelerates our ability to deliver high-demand electrical products our partners rely on to manage today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s energy demands.”

The new manufacturing facility will be located on ABB’s 40-acre site in Albuquerque, in addition to its existing Installation Products manufacturing facility, which opened in 1973. That adjacent plant already employs nearly 450 production, engineering and quality specialists who develop, test and make a wide range of custom and standard utility solutions, per ABB.