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Germany-Based STIHL Inc. Expands Operations in Virginia Beach, Virginia

STIHL Inc., the Germany-based manufacturer of the number one selling brand of chainsaws in the world and a full line of outdoor power tools, will invest over $20 million to expand its headquarters operation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The company will construct a state-of-the-art, 80,000-square-foot administration facility, which will combine the finance & controlling, sales & marketing, legal, and customer & technical service teams under one roof, as well as add a new museum and brand experience center.

“The City of Virginia Beach has been an ideal business partner,” said Mr. Bjoern Fischer, President of STIHL Inc. “For over 40 years, the city has continued to create a positive economic environment for manufacturers like STIHL, supporting our continued growth and expansion.”

“STIHL Inc. has been an important corporate partner to Virginia Beach and the Commonwealth for over 40 years, and it is a powerful testament to our talent pipeline and competitive business climate for this global company to again reinvest in Virginia,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Employing nearly 2,000 at its headquarters operation, STIHL Inc. has had a tremendous impact on the Hampton Roads region’s economy. We look forward to the company’s continued success in its next chapter of growth, and thank STIHL for its major contribution to our efforts to diversify and build the new Virginia economy.”

“The Commonwealth is one of the most desirable places for business in the world, as evidenced by STIHL’s decision to expand again its U.S. headquarters in Virginia Beach,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore.

“STIHL Inc. calls Virginia home alongside many of the largest private and Fortune 1000 companies in the nation. Our workforce, infrastructure, and central East Coast location, among many other attributes, offer great advantages for businesses, and STIHL Inc. is a quintessential example of a prosperous corporate partnership. We look forward to the company’s continued success in Virginia Beach for another 40 years,” he added.

“We deeply appreciate STIHL’s vote of confidence,” said Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms. “This world-class corporation brings a tremendous amount of vitality to our community and has such a stellar record as a corporate citizen that supports education, environmental sustainability and research. We are wholeheartedly overjoyed that STIHL is expanding its North American headquarters right here.”

“STIHL, Inc. has long been one of Hampton Roads’ leading employers, and we are thrilled about the company’s commitment to continue to partner and expand in Virginia Beach,” added Delegate Jason Miyares. “We are proud of the impact Virginians continue to make at STIHL, Inc., the quality of its products and the continued impact this company has made in the fabric of our community.”

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