STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of battery and gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment among U.S. landscape and tree care professionals.* The company began U.S. operations in 1974 with 37 employees in a small warehouse in Virginia Beach. After numerous expansions, STIHL’s operations now cover more than 2 million square feet and employ over 3,000 employees, exporting its products to over 90 countries. STIHL Inc. has combined flexibility, quality and automation in their manufacturing operations. They have received multiple nationally acclaimed awards and recognitions including the 2015 NASWA Business of the Year, 2014 AME Manufacturing Excellence Award, and the 2014 Assembly Magazine Plant of the Year Award. In addition, STIHL Inc. offers a highly sought after apprenticeship program and is also a large captive plastics processor.
STIHL is strongly committed to quality, people, products and processes and operates over 110 injection molding machines at their Virginia Beach campus. Other plastics process on-site include blow molding, vibration and infrared welding, decorating and assembly. STIHL has a long-standing history of developing flexible, efficient and innovative automation solutions for its manufacturing operations. In addition, digitalization and Industry 4.0 applications in production has been a current focus to continue to work towards operational excellence.
During the STIHL Inc. plant tour MAPP Members will have the opportunity to explore production operations and see how they have successfully implemented a strong culture of engagement, innovation, continuous improvement, flexible automations and process excellence in its operations.
*“Number one selling brand” is based on 2023 surveys conducted by Irwin Broh Research of the U.S. professional landscaper and tree care market.
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The closest airport is:
Norfolk Virginia Airport
The tour day will begin at 8 AM local time, and conclude by 1:30 PM. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. More details will be provided to registrants.
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