BMZ Group, that opened its U.S. headquarters in Virginia Beach in 2011, is a global leader of lithium-ion battery and charging systems. The company has selected a new location in Virginia Beach at 1429 Miller Store Road to expand its manufacturing operations. BMZ will retain 21 full-time jobs in Virginia Beach and create at least 30 new jobs within the next 2 years.
Economic Development Investment
The Virginia Beach Economic Development Authority approved an Economic Development Investment Program grant in the amount of $170,000 based on the capital investment and the number of new jobs created with the expansion. BMZ will invest $2,800,000 in Virginia Beach with real estate, construction, machinery and tools.
“BMZ has grown significantly in the past two years,” said Virginia Beach Economic Development Business Coordinator Michelle Chapleau. Under the new management and by hiring experts from the industry, sales volume has increased from less than $4 million in 2016 to approximately $10 million in 2018. “This is the second EDIP grant we’ve awarded, and it’s clear this investment has paid off in keeping a major international manufacturing headquarters here in addition to creating more jobs.”
New location to achieve the ambitious targets
BMZ’s current location at 2656 Lishelle Road comprises 16,500 square feet. The new location offers 24,000 square feet of class B industrial warehouse space, and the expansion will accommodate new customers and increased production needs.
“Moving to the new premises is crucial in order to meet our sales target of $50 million in 2021, because we will assemble most of our batteries in Virginia Beach,” said Kai Schoeffler, General Manager of BMZ USA. “BMZ USA will achieve this by investing in automated production lines that will allow the company to provide its North American customers with high quality products at competitive prices. We are thankful for the support of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development, which supported us in moving our operations to the new location and build a state-of-the-art battery assembly facility.”
BMZ’s U.S. facility handles North American sales, assembly, distribution, research and development of lithium ion battery units for a variety of industry sectors. The batteries are used in power tools, outdoor power equipment, material handling, medical devices, wind and solar energy, household items and e-bikes. BMZ also imports lithium ion batteries and chargers from its manufacturing facilities in Asia and Europe and partners with local companies to manufacture plastic housings and wiring components. BMZ Group is a major vendor of STIHL, Inc.