Representatives from German equipment manufacturer Liebherr, executive management and Newport News, Virginia, city officials gathered July 20 for a groundbreaking ceremony on site in Copeland Industrial Park to celebrate the construction of the new Liebherr USA headquarters.
The company has been manufacturing and operating in Newport News for more than 48 years and broke ground at the site adjacent to its current facility. The $45 million expansion will serve as the new headquarters for Liebherr USA and will include the construction of three new buildings: a four-story administrative building, a warehouse and parts distribution center and a modernized production and workshop facility intended to support the company’s cranes, construction and concrete divisions. Once completed, the new buildings will add more than 251,000 square feet to the existing 560,000-square-foot Liebherr campus.
Sophie Albrecht, joint direction and management of the mobile cranes company, Jan Liebherr, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, managing directors of Liebherr USA Co., its building partners and government officials broke ground during the ceremony.
“The U.S. is a strategic market for Liebherr and with this investment we send a clear message of commitment to our customers, employees and the local community here in Newport News,” Torben Reher, managing director of Liebherr USA, says.
“We are grateful for Liebherr’s corporate citizenship, the investments and the jobs the company has provided for our citizens and others around the region. This expansion will set the stage for even greater success as the company continues to grow, and we are proud to partner with and support Liebherr now and always,” McKinley Price, mayor of Newport News, says.
Construction is expected to be completed in 2020 and will house Liebherr USA employees working in administration, finance, marketing, human resources, sales and service, product support, production and distribution for eight product divisions.