International Markets Spark Innovation at ABB Installation Products
ABB Installation Products Division is a global leader in underground electric distribution connector systems. The company was formed in 1972 as Homac Manufacturing. Today it employs 300 people at its 185,000-square-foot Ormond Beach, Florida, facility.
ABB, parent company to ABB Installation Products Division, is a global technology company that has served customers in the electrical, technical and controls sectors for nearly 140 years. It was founded in 1972). Its products have been exported to approximately 100 countries.
“Globally or domestically, wherever electricity is flowing, we’re there connecting, protecting and facilitating the distribution of electrical power,” said Rick Hall, ABB’s site manager.
The company’s Ormond Beach team is engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of products used to manage electrical connection, protection and distribution of electrical power. This includes the design and manufacture of medium-voltage products under the Homac® brand name used by electric utilities in substations and underground power lines to supply electricity to neighborhoods and businesses.
While most of its business is domestic, a portion of its volume is international. In fact, the company has been an exporter for at least 30 years.
“Exports give us access to potential new customers whose product needs differ from those of domestic customers,” said Hall. “This keeps us busy integrating new production lines and design technologies, primarily for made-to-order parts and components for use in the electrical industry.”
Many of ABB’s export shipments proceed through JAXPORT in Jacksonville and the Port of Miami. According to Hall, exporting has become much more streamlined in recent years. Helping to improve the process is the transition to electronic documentation required for exports, a major factor in reducing the errors and delays that could occur with manual preparation and handling.
ABB also benefits from shipping flexibility. Its products vary in size and may be packed in cartons or on pallets, enabling the company to transport in smaller containers or as part of a larger shipment.
As for its Ormond Beach location, company officials are pleased to be in Central Florida. It offers easy access to the state’s ports and close proximity to the intersection of Interstates 4 and 95, providing efficient access to ground transportation.
The ABB Installation Products Division in Ormond Beach continues to grow. The company is making a multimillion dollar facility investment this year and filling more than 25 new full-time positions to expand its production capabilities. The investment will enable the business to meet growing demand for electrical equipment and solutions. The integration of new design technology – and team members – is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter 2021. This will help boost production of made-to-order solutions and custom configurations of certain parts to complement and extend the Color-Keyed® compression system line of ready-made products.
For more information about ABB and Homac®, visit http://tnb.abb.com/pub/en/node/520.
Volusia County Economic Development Quarterly
Second Quarter 2021
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