Stihl recently announced the production of its 75 millionth powerhead at the company’s headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va.
“As we enter our 45th year of manufacturing operations in Virginia Beach, we are proud to mark the output of our 75 millionth unit,” said Lorraine Wagner, vice president of operations at Stihl. “This milestone is a tribute to both modern manufacturing in the U.S. and to our employees who uphold the Stihl standards of quality and commitment to excellence.”
Stihl established its American operations in Virginia Beach in 1974, and the company has evolved from assembling a single model of chain saw to manufacturing more than 80 different models. Stihl produces a variety of gasoline and battery-powered handheld outdoor power equipment, including chain saws, trimmers, hedge trimmers, and blowers.
Stihl products are distributed through a two-step distribution model, delivering products to customers through 11 regional branches and distributors which serve a nationwide network of more than 9,000 authorized local Stihl dealers.
“From the first unit built in 1974 to today’s milestone, our operations continue to improve year over year to meet our customers’ demand for quality products,” said Stihl President Bjoern Fischer. “Delivering this 75 millionth unit highlights how vertical integration and the latest technologies enable us to maximize quality, reduce costs and remain competitive in today’s global market.”