Company News from Stihl
Published: 30/12, 2022
Stihl, Inc., has announced a $49-million expansion to its chainsaw guide bar manufacturing facility in Va. Beach, Va. Adding to an existing building, the 26,000-ft2 (2,415m2) project will bring the company’s total facility to 86,000 ft2 (7,990m2). The project will enable Stihl to add a third guide bar production line at the facility. Currently, most of the company’s guide bars are manufactured at other Stihl locations overseas.
The project is being funded in part by a $500,000 grant from the Virginia Beach Economic Development Authority. Stihl says it will invest in state-of-the-art equipment and add numerous high-skill positions to its team, including maintenance mechatronic technicians, process engineers, tool and die makers, project coordinators, and machine operators.
Stihl has also named Uwe Hirsch as vice president of finance. Hirsch will plan, direct and control the company’s overall financial plans, policies and activities, including its accounting and treasury practices. He will also provide support in the business transformation of the company and leadership of the IT operations and system implementations.
Hirsch joins Stihl after a successful career with the Bosch Group, where he most recently served as global vice president of finance, controlling and purchasing for Bosch Automotive Service Solutions in the Automotive Aftermarket division. Prior to that, he served as vice president of finance at Bosch Automotive Service Solutions. Hirsch received a degree in Business Administration from the Cooperative State University in Stuttgart, Germany.