VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – STIHL, Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of manufacturing in the U.S.

What began with fewer than 50 employees assembling one model of chain saw in a rented warehouse in 1974 has grown into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Today, STIHL, Inc. manufactures more than 275 model variations, exports to more than 90 countries and employs more than 2,100 nationwide.

During the anniversary Oktoberfest celebration, STIHL hosted those who have contributed to its success in American manufacturing, including two generations of the Stihl family from Germany, as well as employees, distributors and others. The event was held in conjunction with the company’s national sales meeting where it was announced to the approximately 250 branch and distributor representatives from around the U.S. that the company was enjoying record sales and record market share.

Since 1974, the company has steadily increased its investment in its U.S. facilities, introducing new product lines and increasing vertical integration. STIHL, Inc. has been recognized with multiple accolades for manufacturing excellence, including the AME Manufacturing Excellence Award and Plant of the Year award from Assembly magazine.