Oct. 15 2019 12:00 AM

The building is part of a $30 million expansion that includes a new high-tech training facility.

Photo: Stihl Inc.

Stihl Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 10 to celebrate the opening of a new 80,000-square-foot administration building at the global power equipment manufacturer’s Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S. operations headquarters. The over $30 million project is part of the company’s continual investment in infrastructure in support of its growing U.S. operations. It includes other improvement to the campus, including an enhanced entryway at the main gate for improved traffic flow and security.

“This new building will improve administrative and operational efficiency allowing us to better serve our network of more than 9,000 authorized Stihl dealers and their customers,” said Bjoern Fischer, president of Stihl Inc. The new facility brings the sales and marketing, finance and controlling, legal, customer and technical service teams under one roof.

Members of the Stihl family and Stihl executive board from Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG were present as well as local dignitaries, including the mayor of Virginia Beach and members of the city council.

The new building includes a state-of-the-art training center for authorized Stihl dealers, featuring an auditorium, a training lab and an outdoor demonstration area for hands-on product testing and training. It also houses the “Stihl Brand Experience,” a concept store showcasing an ideal Stihl retail space.

Visitors to the building will be greeted by a unique art installation in helix form, crafted out of more than 30 Stihl chain saws dating back to 1936. The art piece is supposed to represent how chain saw innovation is part of the Stihl company’s DNA.

“Stihl Inc. plays a vital role in the Stihl Group,” said Dr. Nikolas Stihl, Stihl Group advisory and supervisory board chairman. “As we look to future growth in the areas of information technology, robotics, engineering, software development, battery development and product development, this investment and growth in the U.S. will support those efforts.”

Since its inception in 1974, the Stihl Inc. campus has grown from a single 20,000-square-foot rented warehouse to well over 1 million square feet of manufacturing and administrative space on more than 150 acres. This growth has been strongly supported by Stihl's positive, long-standing partnership with the City of Virginia Beach.