Eaton’s new plant in Santiago makes fuses for electrical vehicles and energy systems

Eaton, a leading US intelligent power management company, inaugurated its fifth manufacturing plant in Santiago to meet demand for fuses, the company announced on 9 May 2024. The US$10 million project encompassed the construction of a new 65,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art assembly plant in Santiago de los Caballeros.

The project increases supplies of Eaton’s Bussman series fuses, which provide critical safety functionality in electric vehicles (EVs), renewable and energy storage projects, data center as well as other industrial application. 300 skilled manufacturing jobs were created in Santiago, the Dominican Republic’s second-largest city.

“The latest expansion of Eaton’s manufacturing capacity in Santiago was completed in record time [construction was announced in February 2024] to meet the unprecedented demand for our solutions that are at the center of the world’s energy transformation,” said Rob Griffin, vice president and general manager, Eaton’s Bussmann Division. “Across the globe, we’re helping customers simplify intelligent power management to electrify their operations safely, resiliently and sustainably. The Eaton Santiago facility will assemble and package fuses and fuse accessories that provide vital functionality in these applications.”

Eaton has operated in the Dominican Republic for more than 35 years and is one of the country’s largest manufacturers. The Eaton Santiago facility is the company’s fifth manufacturing site in the Dominican Republic.

The new Eaton facility in Santiago is part of the company’s investment in American manufacturing. In 2023, Eaton announced nearly US$750M in investments to increase manufacturing capacity for electrical assemblies including switchgear, switchboards and circuit breakers; EV charging technology, transformers, voltage regulators and more; as well as underground protective connectors for the electric grid.

Eaton is an intelligent power management company that makes products for the data center, utility, industrial, commercial, machine building, residential, aerospace and mobility markets. By capitalizing on the global growth trends of electrification and digitalization, the company seeks to contribute to the accelerating of the planet’s transition to renewable energy sources, helping to solve the world’s most urgent power management challenges, and building a more sustainable society for people today and generations to come.

Eaton was founded in 1911 and has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange for more than a century. The company reported revenues of US$23.2 billion in 2023 and serves customers in more than 160 countries.

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13 May 2024