With shovels in hand, Sophie Albrecht, Jan Liebherr, Liebherr USA Co. managing directors, its building partners and government officials broke ground during the ceremony.
Members of the Liebherr family, executive management and Newport News city officials gathered July 20 for a groundbreaking ceremony on site in Copeland Industrial Park to celebrate the construction of the new Liebherr USA Co. headquarters. The commencement of this $45 million expansion project marks the beginning of a new chapter for Liebherr in the United States.
The company, which has been manufacturing and operating in Newport News, Va., for more than 48 years, broke ground at the site adjacent to its current location. The new facility will serve as the new headquarters for Liebherr USA Co. and will include the construction of three new buildings: a four-story administrative building, a warehouse and parts distribution center to meet current and future requirements, and a modernized production and workshop facility intended to support the company's cranes, construction and concrete divisions.
Once completed, the new buildings will add more than 251,000 sq. ft. to the existing 560,000 sq. ft. Liebherr campus. This investment will greatly impact the company's operations in the United States and drive Liebherr's strategy for long-term growth, according to the company.
With shovels in hand, Sophie Albrecht, Jan Liebherr, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, managing directors of Liebherr USA Co., its building partners and government officials broke ground during the ceremony.
“The U.S. is a strategic market for Liebherr and with this investment we send a clear message of commitment to our customers, employees and the local community here in Newport News,” said Torben Reher, managing director of Liebherr USA Co.
“We are grateful for Liebherr's corporate citizenship, the investments and the jobs the company has provided for our citizens and others around the region. This expansion will set the stage for even greater success as the company continues to grow, and we are proud to partner with and support Liebherr now and always,” said Price.
Construction is expected to be completed in 2020, and will house Liebherr USA Co. employees working in administration, finance, marketing, human resources, sales and service, product support, production and distribution for eight product divisions.
For more information, visit www.liebherr.us.
Liebherr in the United States
The Liebherr Group has continually grown its operations in Newport News and throughout the United States since it opened in 1970. It operates 13 locations creating a wide range of jobs with roles in manufacturing as well as sales and service across all of the divisions. These operations also have a positive impact on the communities through the use of U.S. suppliers for everything from manufacturing to delivering and distributing its products.
About Liebherr USA Co.
Liebherr USA, Co., based in Newport News, Va., provides sales and service on behalf of nine different Liebherr product units: construction equipment; mining; mobile and crawler cranes; tower cranes; concrete technology; foundation equipment; maritime cranes; components and the appliances, which includes refrigerators and freezers.
About Liebherr Group
Established in 1949, the Liebherr Group is a leading manufacturer of earthmoving equipment and a supplier of user-oriented products and services in many other fields. The family-owned company employs more than 43,000 people in more than 130 companies on all continents. Liebherr's product range covers earthmoving and material handling machinery, mining equipment, mobile cranes, tower cranes, concrete technology, domestic appliances, maritime cranes, aerospace and transportation systems, machine tools and automation systems as well as high-performance components for mechanical, hydraulic and electrical drive and control technology. Liebherr also operates hotels in Ireland, Austria and Germany.
The group's holding company is Liebherr-International AG in Bulle, Switzerland, which is entirely owned by members of the Liebherr family.