Stihl celebrated a significant milestone as the company produced its 75 millionth powerhead at its Virginia Beach, Va. Stihl established its U.S. operations in Virginia Beach in 1974, and Stihl has evolved from assembling a single model of chain saw to manufacturing more than 80 different models in a highly automated operation.
Stihl produces a variety of gasoline- and battery-powered handheld outdoor power equipment, including chain saws, trimmers, hedge trimmers and blowers.
“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 Inc. “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 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 Bjoern Fischer, president of Stihl Inc. “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.”