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Stihl Plans $49M Expansion To Virginia Beach Facility

Original source: Virginia Pilot

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Stihl, the German chainsaw and power tool manufacturer, plans to spend $49 million to expand its Virginia Beach operations.

The Virginia Beach Development Authority approved a $500,000 incentive grant to help facilitate the expansion project at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

It’s not the first time Virginia Beach has awarded grants to the company.

“Over the past 20 years, the city has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants, and this has leveraged nearly $185 million in additional capital investment,” said Laura Chalk, the city’s deputy director of economic development.

The expansion project will grow the company’s chainsaw guide bar manufacturing facility at 825 London Bridge Road from 60,000 to 86,000 square feet. The additional space will allow the company to install a third guide bar production line, increasing the facility’s production capacity by a third.

The expansion would also set the stage for more guide bar production to be moved to Virginia Beach in the future, according to the economic development department.

Stihl Inc. President Terry Horan said in an announcement that Virginia Beach was the perfect environment for the business to grow.

“We are incredibly proud to be able to continue to expand our Virginia Beach-based manufacturing operations to fulfill the increased demands of our more than 10,000 loyal Stihl dealers nationwide and their customers,” Horan said.


Stihl also plans to hire 15 new positions with an annual salary range of $60,000 to $100,000.

In the announcement, Virginia Beach City Manager Patrick Duhaney said he was thrilled the company was continuing to expand in the city long past its first building, a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

“We look forward to Stihl’s continued growth and our partnership with them,” Duhaney said.

Since establishing its U.S. headquarters in Virginia Beach in 1974, its workforce has grown to 3,000 Hampton Roads employees.

Its headquarters, located off Lynnhaven Parkway, sits on a 150-acre campus and has more than 2 million square feet of industrial and office space. The facility exports Stihl products to more than 90 countries, according to the company.

Stihl Group, the parent company of Virginia Beach-based Stihl Inc., had a record-breaking 2021, increasing annual revenue by 10.4% to more than US$ 5.15 Billion.

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