ASSEMBLY Recognizes STIHL Inc. as World-Class Production Facility
Virginia Beach, Va - STIHL Inc. has a new category in which it is ranked number one in the nation. The company’s latest accolade comes from ASSEMBLY magazine, which named STIHL Inc. the 2014 Assembly Plant of the Year. The award showcases STIHL Inc. as a world-class production facility and recognizes the exceptional people, products, and processes which make the brand successful.
STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, was awarded Assembly Plant of the Year thanks to the company’s pioneering manner in adaptable production methods and automation. The state-of-the-art processes employed by the STIHL Inc. facility reduce production cost, increase productivity and improve product quality. Another contributing factor to the win was the use of vertically integrated manufacturing which ensures that parts assembled internally are of excellent quality and helps guarantee on-time delivery of superior products.
"STIHL Incorporated is an excellent example of a company that excels at world-class manufacturing,” said Austin Weber, ASSEMBLY magazine’s senior editor. “The Virginia Beach plant was selected for our award because of the way that it has applied flexible manufacturing principles to continuously improve its production processes. We were also very impressed with the plant’s innovative use of robotics and automation in a high-mix, high-volume production environment."
While remaining an industry leader in numerous categories, STIHL Inc. continually looks for improvement opportunities, and this is what really sets the company apart from the competition.
“At STIHL Incorporated, we always seek out new strategies and technologies to reduce production cost and time, better our products for our loyal customers, and enhance the work environment for our employees,” said Christian Koestler, vice president of operations for STIHL Inc.. “Being honored as the 2014 Assembly Plant of the Year is a testament to the success of the STIHL way."
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of “Built in America” for STIHL Inc. Since 1974, more than 50 million powerheads have been produced at the Virginia Beach-based manufacturing facility, which has grown into an award-winning manufacturing facility with more than two million square feet under roof.
For more information on STIHL Inc., please visit www.stihlusa.com.
About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America,* as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. Located in Virginia Beach, Va., STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, exports to over 90 countries around the world; and the majority of STIHL products sold in America are also built in America.* STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445), visit stihlusa.com or text your zip code to 78445.
*A majority of STIHL powerheads are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2013 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
STIHL is pleased to support the work of Independent We Stand, the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), National FFA, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the National Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and the National Association of State Park Directors.
For information on job opportunities with STIHL Inc., please go to www.stihlcareers.com. STIHL is an EEO and drug-free work environment.