Hitachi Energy Expands Manufacturing Unit in Virginia

Oct. 26, 2021
The newly renamed multinational spends $6.2 million on the expansion project

Hitachi Energy completed the $6.2 million expansion of its dry-type transformer manufacturing facility in Bland, Virginia, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Virginia. The expansion boosted production capacity, while creating 40 new jobs. State-of-the-art technology was deployed at the location as part of the expansion project.

The dry-type transformers manufactured at the facility do not contain oil and are used to adjust and stabilize electricity voltage flowing through power grids, data centers and renewable energy. The newly setup closed-coil casting system at the facility will support the production of large components and the installation of a new laser system for advanced manufacturing. 

“We are excited to show off our new, state-of-the-art capabilities here in Bland,” said Steve McKinney, Managing Director, Transformer Business for North America, Hitachi Energy. “Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, we have been able to maintain operations while completing this ambitious expansion. The success of this effort is a testament to the strong workforce we have in Bland, and the long-standing partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, which has provided exceptional support to help bring this project to fruition.”

Governor Ralph Northam added, “Hitachi Energy’s expansion of operations in Bland is great for the company and Southwest Virginia. After nearly 50 years in Virginia, Hitachi Energy has proven its commitment to the Commonwealth and our values, including our clean energy goals. The company's focus on sustainable energy will benefit Virginians now and in the future."