Autonomous Equipment & Battery Power
Greenworks opens Tennessee manufacturing plant with $25-million investment
Focus on battery-powered ride-on mowers
January 22, 2023 By Turf & Rec
Greenworks Commercial, a leading provider of lithium-ion battery-operated, zero-emission outdoor power equipment, has opened its 180,000-square-foot Commercial Center of Excellence for Manufacturing and Engineering in Morristown, TN – its first in North America.
The facility’s initial $25-million investment will focus on the manufacture of commercial and residential lithium-ion battery ride-on mowers. This advancement in technology will bring more than 150 sustainable, high-tech careers to East Tennessee by the end of 2023 with up to 400 more career opportunities by 2025, creating a sustainable hub of innovation and technology for generations to come. This initial phase provides an annual production capacity of 30,000 ride-on mowers, gradually increasing to 80,000 by 2025.
The state-of-the-art facility currently houses:
- Two leading-edge automated guided vehicles (AGV) based assembly lines
- A fully robotic vehicle chassis welding centre with five fully robotic welding stations
- High-precision tube and sheet metal laser cutting, stamping and CNC tube-bending equipment
- A shot-blasting metal preparation center and powder-coating line
- A state-of-the-art final inspection station, including a light tunnel for visual inspection
- An exterior bumper and track test facility
Planned expansions for late 2023 and early 2024, include:
- Installation of an e-coating workshop and an injection moulding centre
- Automatic assembly lines for large commercial-grade battery modules for ride-on mowers and battery packs for commercial handheld and walk-behind product lines
- Manufacturing of commercial walk-behind mowers
- A parts and service warehouse
The Morristown facility, which had previously served as a General Electric plant, is also home to the North American Center for Advanced Vehicle Engineering within the Greenworks corporate group, with more than a dozen mechanical, electrical, and testing engineers calling Morristown home by the end of 2023. The U.S. engineering team collaborates with Greenworks’ main R&D campus in Changzhou, China, and its Autonomous and Robotics R&D Center in Jönköping, Sweden.
The facility is the embarkation of a groundbreaking journey for the city of Morristown. Its mission is to facilitate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through its innovative products for people’s daily lives.
The Greenworks Commercial Center of Excellence is part of a 7,000-plus global workforce, with 10 global manufacturing sites, four global R&D centres with more than 750 engineers, 130 finished goods production lines and a 1.5-million-unit manufacturing output per month.
Greenworks currently produces more than 20,000 batteries, 30,000 motors and 100,000 PCBAs per day using advanced manufacturing equipment. With more than 80 per cent vertical integration, one of the highest in the industry, Greenworks brings innovative designs to market with short development times and cost-effective manufacturing.
The Greenworks Commercial Center of Excellence is home to the company’s latest technologically advanced commercial zero-turn mower – the OptimusZ. (To read more about the OptimusZ, click here to access New Products). The machine can mow more than 21 acres on a single charge.
“It is always a pleasure to welcome an expanding new industry to our community, and Greenworks is no exception,” Industrial Development Board Chairman R. Jack Fishman said. “We are fortunate to have a manufacturer replace a major company that provided jobs for our citizens for the last 50-plus years in the East Tennessee Valley Industrial District. Greenworks technology not only brings another major diversification of industrial skills, but also a production of products that will help our city and improve climate changes.”
This article is part of the Earth Week.
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