Eaton invests $500M+ in electrification efforts

Eaton invests $500M+ in electrification efforts

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

Eaton announced investments in its North American manufacturing and operations to support 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 completed in 2024 and 2025.

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

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 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 the production of busways to meet the 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, the company said that Eaton has manufactured hundreds of thousands of miles of busway in South Carolina and continues to expand manufacturing capacity regionally.

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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