Fronius presses play on US manufacturing

Fronius USA, a subsidiary of Austria-headquartered Fronius International, has begun manufacturing solar inverters at its new $1.5 million fab and testing facility in Portage, Indiana.

The facility measures 400,000 square feet and will produce and test more than 200 Fronius Primo inverters each day, employing around 30 staff. Fronius USA is headquartered in Portage, and the company believes that the location lies at the ideal crossroads between the east coast markets and the Midwest.

Further, the facility is geographically near to mans of the leading raw materials suppliers of the Midwest, ensuring Fronius can nurture solid and long-lasting relationships with U.S.-based suppliers.

"The Fronius Primo is a leader in the residential solar industry and, as such, is a clear reason for Fronius to invest in production in the U.S.," said Fronius USA director of solar energy Thomas Enzendorfer. "Fronius USA is proud to offer a high quality product manufactured entirely in the U.S."

The fab tests every inverter it produces under real-life conditions to ensure full function and safety prior to shipping. The facility will produce Primo inverters ranging from 3.8 to 8.2 kW – broad enough to serve most types of residential installations in the U.S.

According to Fronius USA head of production, Klaus Strassmair, the Portage production line applies the latest lean production technologies. "This allows us to achieve both efficient production and elimination of any potential error source to assure highest quality," Strassmair explained.

Fronius USA confirmed that it plans to increase its manufacturing presence domestically, and will add greater capacity at its Portage facility in the future in order to meet the growing demand for U.S.-made solar products.

"As a family-owned company, we are thinking long-term and are dedicated to showing our commitment to the U.S. for generations to come," added Enzendorfer.