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Eaton Invests Over $500M in North American Electrical Plants

Eaton announced investments in its North American manufacturing and operations to support the growing demand for its electrical solutions.
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Power management company Eaton, one of the top suppliers for industrial and electrical distributors, has announced significant investments in its North American manufacturing and operations to support the growing demand for its electrical solutions.

On Aug. 28, the company said it would expand its manufacturing capabilities to increase the supply of its solutions for customers and distributors in utility, commercial, healthcare, industrial and residential markets across North America.

The majority of its investments — outlined below — will be complete in 2024 and 2025.

Eaton Expands Distribution Centers 

Eaton is investing in the distribution capacity for its power quality products and connectivity solutions.

The company recently opened its largest regional distribution center in Chicago and is expanding its distribution facility in Dallas to serve commercial, data center, industrial, healthcare and communications customers.

Investment in Utility Solution Manufacturing 

  • Texas: Eaton will add 200,000 square feet to its manufacturing facility in Nacogdoches, Texas, 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.
  • Wisconsin: 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.

Increased Manufacturing Capacity for Power Solutions

  • Eaton 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.
  • Eaton is adding capacity to increase supplies of essential power distribution equipment to support infrastructure projects across industries. The company’s most recent investments enhance its manufacturing facilities for switchgear and switchboards.

Added Production of Busway & Electric Vehicle Charging Technology

South Carolina: Eaton says it is increasing production of busway products to meet growing demand for this power distribution technology used in commercial, industrial and fleet charging applications. This expansion includes Eaton’s EV charging busway, which was created to simplify and expedite infrastructure for fleet charging. For more than 60 years, Eaton has manufactured hundreds of thousands of miles of busway in South Carolina and continues to expand manufacturing capacity regionally.

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