With a groundbreaking ceremony accompanied by representatives from politics and industry, ebm‑papst has started the construction of a new production plant near the current US location in Johnson City. The company is investing around 12 million euro for the new building.
The 12-hectare land, on which the new plant will be built in Telford, TN, was acquired three years ago. Since 2019, the global market leader for fans and motors has been manufacturing fans for refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation applications in the US state of Tennessee.
The building is to be 16,000 sq.m. in size. From summer next year, 120 employees will work here not only on fan production but also on motor production.
Mark Shiring, Managing Director of ebm‑papst USA: "With the expanded facilities and capacities, we can guarantee our customers even faster delivery times. As an innovation leader, especially for energy-efficient fan solutions, the new production plant is also our response to market growth in North America. The new plant complements the existing production site in Johnson City and the US headquarters in Farmington, CT. At the same time, the land also offers opportunities for further growth.”
Thomas Wagner, CEO of the ebm‑papst Group, was also attending the ground-breaking ceremony in Telford and highlights the importance of the construction: "ebm‑papst already has a long tradition in the American market. The company has been developing, producing and selling fans and motors for the North American market from Farmington since 1980. With the expansion of our activities in Johnson City, we are further advancing our "local for local" internationalization strategy."
With this strategy, the ebm‑papst Group has been pursuing a strong independence of its locations in China and the USA for years. The goal is to be able to serve local customers even more effectively and to become less dependent on political influences.