Eaton Invests $500M+ in N.A. Manufacturing for Electrification

Eaton Invests $500M+ in N.A. Manufacturing for Electrification

As part of the investment, Eaton will expand manufacturing for busway products and EV charging technology.

Power management company Eaton has announced investments in its North American manufacturing and operations to support rapidly growing demand for its electrical solutions, the company said. Eaton is expanding manufacturing to increase the supply of its solutions for customers in utility, commercial, healthcare, industrial and residential markets across North America. The majority of these investments will be complete in 2024 and 2025.

“Electrical infrastructure has to work harder and smarter to accelerate decarbonization and electrification. At Eaton, we’re all in on the energy transition, and our solutions are essential to reinvent the way power is distributed, stored and consumed,” said Mike Yelton, president, Americas Region, Electrical Sector at Eaton. “We’re making steady investments for our customers, distributors and employees to meet growing demand in the Americas, and there will be more to come.”

Investments in Texas and Wisconsin will increase U.S. manufacturing of essential utility solutions advancing electrification, grid modernization and energy resilience, the company said.

Eaton is adding 200,000 square feet to its Nacogdoches, Texas, manufacturing facility, more than doubling its size. The project will double the production capacity of Eaton’s voltage regulators to help utility customers across North America accelerate grid modernization and resilience projects. Eaton will continue to produce single-phase, pole-mount and pad-mount transformers in Texas to address the acute supply shortage for these products. The expansion will create more than 200 skilled manufacturing jobs.

Eaton said the Texas expansion frees up capacity at the company’s largest Wisconsin manufacturing facility in Waukesha, where Eaton is investing in equipment to increase manufacturing of three-phase transformers for utility, data center, large commercial and industrial applications. Eaton will continue to produce regulators, including complex pole and substation voltage regulators, for utility customers in Wisconsin.

Its South Carolina facility will also expand manufacturing for busway products and EV charging technology. Eaton said it is increasing production of busway to meet rapidly growing demand for this power distribution technology used in commercial, industrial and fleet charging applications. This expansion includes Eaton’s EV charging busway, an industry-first innovation that dramatically simplifies and expedites infrastructure for fleet charging, while avoiding major infrastructure modifications. For more than 60 years, Eaton has manufactured hundreds of thousands of miles of busway in South Carolina and continues to expand manufacturing capacity regionally, the company said.

In addition, it is increasing the manufacturing of its circuit breakers and metering for homes and commercial buildings. These investments include expanding capacity and diversifying production across various locations in the Americas region to increase the supply of its solutions for customers, enhance supply chain efficiency and boost manufacturing resilience.

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