Data center air systems manufacturer announces $36M plant in Botetourt
Munters Group AB will relocate 200 workers from Buena Vista next year
Munters Group AB, a Sweden-based manufacturer of air treatment and cooling systems for data centers and other industrial applications, will invest $36 million to relocate its Buena Vista operations to Botetourt County, company and county officials announced Thursday.
Munters will begin construction in April on a 365,000-square-foot manufacturing facility expected to open in summer 2022 in the county’s Botetourt Center at Greenfield business park in Daleville. The new facility will house manufacturing, research and development, and sales of data center cooling systems and high temperature industrial process systems.
The company’s 200 employees from Buena Vista, where Munters has operated a plant for 23 years, are expected to transfer to the new location, which is about a 45-minute drive south and a few miles off Interstate 81.
“A move to the Roanoke region will allow for the expansion that is needed for the data centers business in the U.S. It also generates an opportunity for our employees to move into a new, upgraded facility suited to our specific needs,” said Michael Gantert, Munters’ president for data centers, in a statement. “Remaining in Virginia allows us to continue caring for our workers while opening doors for new team members to join the Munters family.”
Botetourt County and the Roanoke Regional Partnership worked with Munters to secure the relocation.
Munters Group AB produces air treatment and climate solutions for commercial and industrial applications. It employs 3,500 workers across 17 worldwide manufacturing centers, five of which are located in the United States. The company’s U.S. headquarters is located in Amesbury, Massachusetts.