STIHL Inc. Builds Success in Virginia

Manufacturing the No. 1 Brand of Chain Saws in the World

STIHL Inc. opened its first U.S. plant in Virginia Beach back in 1974 to manufacture one model of chain saws. This global leader, headquartered in Germany, initially selected the Commonwealth due to the world-class capabilities of the Port of Virginia. "We are still bringing in a lot of containers from Europe and also sending hundreds of containers out. I would rate it [The Port of Virginia] the No. 1 container terminal on the East Coast," said Peter Mueller, Executive Vice President at STIHL Inc.

Thirty-eight years later the company has blossomed in the Commonwealth, now manufacturing the No. 1 brand of chain saws in the world as well as the No. 1 selling brand of handheld outdoor power equipment in America. Virginia Beach is home to the company’s U.S. headquarters where it manufactures more than 225 models of chain saws and other power equipment. In addition to serving the North American market, STIHL exports products to more than 90 countries through Virginia's port facilities. Through multiple expansions the Virginia Beach facility has grown from 20,000 square feet under one roof to more than one million square feet on a 90-acre campus.

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President Fred J. Whyte describes why STIHL Inc. said yes to Virginia as the location for its U.S. headquarters.
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