Global electrical, lighting, and networking systems specialist Leviton (Bothell, Wash.) on Jan. 5 issued a statement reporting significant progress on the company's 5-year, $80 million global capital investment plan for its Network Solutions business unit.
According to a press release, a significant portion of the investment plan is the new expansion project of Leviton's fiber optic cabling manufacturing facility located in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. The project broke ground in December of 2022.
Once completed in 2024, the facility, which manufactures fiber-optic cabling for global data center applications as well as building and campus backbone applications, will be equipped to support long term growth of multimode cables, singlemode cables, and made-to-order fiber-optic cable assemblies.
In line with this major manufacturing plant expansion, Leviton noted the company has completed the following major upgrades:
- Leviton's popular ATLAS-X1 and EXTREME connectivity platforms experienced tremendous growth globally over the last several years. Leviton doubled capacity for both connectivity platforms in 2021 to support global demand.
- State-of-the-art equipment was installed in the company's Glenrothes, Scotland cabling manufacturing facility in the first quarter of 2022. The new equipment expands capacity and enables Leviton to offer a consistent global specification for industry leading Category 6A cabling.
- In the second quarter of 2022, Leviton installed new fiber-optic cable armoring capacity to support sales of this rapidly growing product line, including pre-terminated data center solutions in its Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina factory.
- Leviton said that expanding the capacity of its Category 6A solutions is of prime importance, and to that end its copper cabling manufacturing facility in New Holland, Pa. installed new Category 6A equipment in the third quarter of 2022. The new state-of-the-art equipment allows Leviton to provide improved support for ever increasing demand of Category 6A solutions. Additional Cat 6A production equipment is part of the committed future investment as well.
The company said that overall, the critical investment in its Network Solutions unit will also increase its production capacity worldwide and upgrade facility equipment, further enabling product innovation. The company said the investment also strengthens its $202 million acquisition of Berk-Tek in 2020, thereby making Leviton one of the top end-to-end manufacturers of copper and fiber network infrastructure systems in the world.
Ross Goldman, EVP and GM of Leviton Network Solutions, commented:
"In 2020, when many companies were hedging their bets due to the global pandemic, we doubled down and decided to make this significant investment to deliver world class service and products to our customers. More than $20 million of the planned investment is complete and is already contributing to strong growth and additional capacity across all areas of our business. The remaining investments will add further capacity to address the strong demand for our global end-to-end solutions. Global cable demand for Leviton's copper and fiber products has been extraordinary. We could not do any of this without the support of our loyal customers and channel partners. We sincerely thank them for their continued support."