ABB expands Charlotte Energy Hub with new High Voltage Cable Factory

 

ABB Ribbon Cutting

Charlotte’s Energy Hub expanded last week as ABB, the global leader in power and automation technology, celebrated the official grand opening of its high-voltage cable manufacturing facility in Huntersville, North Carolina.

The new plant, topped off with a 430-foot extrusion tower, supplies high-voltage and extra high-voltage transmission cables, for both AC and DC applications, to carry massive amounts of electric power and renewable energy underground as part of the nation’s new Smart Grid. New AC and DC underground transmission lines will strengthen the North America energy infrastructure and enable power from remote renewable resources, like wind and solar, to reach homes and businesses. ABB has invested approximately $90 million in the new operation, which now employs around 135 people.

“As ABB continues to invest in North Carolina, these new jobs are providing many people in the Huntersville area with full-time employment,” said Keith Crisco, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce. “These highly-skilled workers will play an important role in developing Smart Grid technology as North Carolina continues to strengthen its position as a leader in the energy sector.”

Located in Commerce Station Business Park, ABB’s Huntersville plant is the newest addition to Charlotte’s new Energy Hub which aims to compete on the national level. By initially contributing more than $90 million to the local economy, ABB is helping Charlotte increase its role in the U.S. energy industry. The Huntersville facility will focus on regional, value-based customized production, and will tailor many of its products to meet the unique standards and needs of diverse utility customers across America.

View from the top of the ABB Tower. Charlotte skyline in the background.

 

“The top-notch talent from local universities and proximity to a modern transportation infrastructure, quality of life for our employees and a growing community made the decision to open a facility in Huntersville an easy one,” said Enrique Santacana, President and CEO of ABB Inc. and Region Manager for North America.

Lake Norman Chamber President Bill Russell said the project is a sign of how area towns have been able to work together, and with other officials around the region. “ABB speaks to the collaboration between the towns, economic development agencies, Department of Commerce and the chamber. An investment by our business community and towns over a decade ago is paying off for a diversified tax base and great jobs,” he said.

Lake Norman Chamber teams up with local groups to host candidate forums

North Mecklenburg voters will get an opportunity to question candidates for office when the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce hosts two separate candidate forums in the coming weeks.  The first forum will take place Thursday, October 4 from 7-9:00 pm at the CPCC Merancus Campus (formerly North Campus) in Huntersville.  It will feature the North Carolina House District #92 with Robin Bradford and Charles Jeter.  The Mecklenburg County Commissioner race for the District 1 seat with incumbent Karen Bentley and challenger Keith Bradford will also be spotlighted. 

As this particular forum takes place in Huntersville, a brief program on the Huntersville Bond Package will give voters a chance to hear details on the three bond questions appearing on the ballot.  At stake is a $30 million dollar bond referendum. $17,850,000 of the bonds would be used to pay for the capital cost of transportation improvements. A second question on the ballot would be $7.15 million for public improvements in the town including firefighting and other public safety facilities. A third question on the ballot addresses $5 million for parks and recreation.

David Boraks

Huntersville Town Manager Greg Ferguson is expected to make a presentation on the bonds with Mayor Jill Swain speaking on why the bonds are important to the future of the town.  Those who attend will have the opportunity to ask question of both the candidates for office and about the bonds.

A second forum will take place a week later, Thursday, October 11th from 7-9 pm at Davidson College (Chambers Hance Auditorium Cham-4121) with the United States House of Representatives District #9 race.  Participating are Democratic candidate and current Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts along with Libertarian candidate Curtis Campbell.  Republican candidate Robert Pittenger is not expected to participate due to a scheduling conflict.  Also appearing that night are the candidates for Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners at large and the district one race.     

Callan Bryan

The forums are sponsored by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, United Family Services, and the Lake Norman Political Association.  The public is invited to attend.  The event in Huntersville will be moderated by Callan Bryan, the Chamber’s Public Policy Chairman and an attorney with the Estate & Elder Law Firm – Vandiver and Bryan.  The Davidson College forum will be moderated by David Boraks, founder and editor of DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net.

Bill Russell, president of the Lake Norman Chamber stated, “The chamber is pleased to provide a forum for our business members and the voters of our local communities to educate themselves on the candidates and issues impacting our local communities.  While the Chamber does not endorse candidates, we do believe in the principles of good government and it is very important voters know where candidates stand on spending and services.”

For more information on the forums, contact the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922 or visit lakenormanchamber.org