Flowery Branch (PRESS RELEASE) — Representative Doug Collins (R-GA-09) visited ABB Inc. in Flowery Branch, GA yesterday (Aug. 20) to see firsthand the skilled jobs and business that the production of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers brings to the region. For a new aircraft carrier, ABB Inc. will produce several thousand motors that perform a variety of functions, including air handling (HVAC systems and air movement), pumping (oil, aviation fuels, water distillation, wastewater, etc.), fire suppression systems, flight deck elevator motors, resupply systems, and numerous other applications.
With the recent announcement of the U.S. Navy’s contract award to Huntington Ingalls Industries for the construction of the next two Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, CVN 80 and CVN 81, it’s an exciting time for ABB Inc. and the work that the company does for the construction of these ships. The purchase of two aircraft carriers at once will stimulate the aircraft carrier supplier base of more than 2,000 suppliers in 46 states, allowing businesses to phase in work more efficiently.
Currently, 18 aircraft carrier suppliers in Georgia contribute more than $14 million worth of parts and services for the aircraft carrier program per vessel.
“ABB Inc. is leading the way in global technology while providing hundreds of well-paying jobs right here in Hall County,” said Rep. Collins. “It’s exciting to witness the remarkable innovation happening in our backyard, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to visit with the hardworking men and women at ABB Inc.”
During his tour, Congressman Collins met with the employees at the facility to discuss the unique skills they contribute to the industrial base that supplies parts to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier program and the variety of motors that the company produces and manufactures at its Flowery Branch, GA facility.
“ABB is pleased to support the U.S. Navy and the aircraft carrier program with motors made right here in Gainesville,” said Mike Holman, Facility Manager, ABB Gainesville. “Today we supply motors for the entire fleet of Navy ships, but we’re proud to say we have a long history with the U.S. Navy—one of our motors has been on every Navy ship since the end of WW2.
ABOUT ABB INC.
ABB Inc. is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.
ABOUT THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER INDUSTRIAL BASE COALITION (ACIBC)
The Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) represents businesses that supply parts, equipment, and services for the construction and maintenance of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Established in 2004, ACIBC seeks to preserve the strength of the aircraft carrier force and promote the value of the aircraft carrier industrial base as a vital part of the nation’s overall defense structure.