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A new high-voltage cable manufacturing plant is going up in Huntersville, NC.

The new facility, located at the Commerce Station Business Park, will supply high-voltage and extra high-voltage transmission cables to carry electric power underground. These smart grid-compliant cables, for use in AC and DC applications.

ABB is investing $90 million in the new manufacturing facility, which will employ more than 100 people in various professional and technical fields.

“The workers in these new jobs will be building the smart grid, and we welcome companies like ABB that are willing to invest in our state and position North Carolina as a leader in the power industry,” said North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue at the ground breaking ceremony today.

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The facility is the newest addition to Charlotte’s new Energy Hub, an initiative to increase the Charlotte area’s role in the energy industry nationwide and create a sustainable economic plan.

“Huntersville is an excellent choice for our new cable factory because it offers top-notch engineering talent and training capabilities at local colleges,” said Enrique Santacana, president and chief executive of ABB Inc. and Region Manager for North America.

The facility should open by late 2012.

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