ABB To Add 300 Jobs At Tennessee Facility

Power systems and automation company ABB expects to add 300 jobs at its Low Voltage Products division near Memphis, officials announced Tuesday.

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Power systems and automation company ABB expects to add 300 jobs at its Low Voltage Products division near Memphis, officials announced Tuesday.

The Swiss company plans to spend $30 million to build a new 11,000-square meter manufacturing center and expand its existing customer service center. More than 200 jobs would be created initially, with another 100 hires anticipated over the next five years.

The manufacturing facility would assemble the Emax2--which ABB called the world's first integrated breaker and power manager--as well as breakers, switches, distribution systems and control products. The new plant would also house product development and R&D staff.

Division president Tarak Mehta said the expanded low-voltage offerings would provide "the full ABB portfolio of products to our customers across the U.S."

ABB established its Low Voltage Products division in Tennessee after the acquisition of Thomas & Betts in 2012, a move that helped ABB triple its workforce in the Americas during the last five years. The ABB Group has a combined workforce of about 140,000 operating in roughly 100 countries.

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