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ABB to expand Hackettstown switchgear factory, adding 60 jobs

Plant will be expanded and upgraded with state-of-the-art manufacturing lines; 60 roles to be filled in 2021 to meet growing demand.

ABB this week announced its plan to expand its manufacturing facility in Hackettstown to meet growing demand for electrical equipment.

The expansion will double the solid dielectric switchgear manufacturing footprint to 24,000 square feet, bringing the total site to 120,000 square feet when complete, and will feature state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.

“This expansion will reduce delivery times and enhance product traceability, testing and inspection capabilities,” says plant manager Steven Wright. “That will allow us to boost our capacity to meet the demands of a growing market in the US, especially for critical needs.”

The Hackettstown facility currently employs 315 people, but that figure is expected to grow to 375 once the expansion has been completed in late 2021. Information about these positions can be found at ABB’s career page. The facility manufactures cable accessories, switch gear apparatus, and overhead apparatus, under the brand names Elastimold™ Switchgear, Elastimold® and Joslyn Hi-Voltage® Capacitor switches.

ABB Installation Products, formerly Thomas & Betts, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of products used to manage the connection, protection and distribution of electrical power in industrial, construction and utility applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 37 premium brand names, ABB Installation Products are found wherever electricity is used.

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