Modine celebrates new US chiller plant


09 November 2022
Modine's Neil Brinker at the official opening of the Rockbridge production facility

Modine Manufacturing Company officially marked the launch of its new production facility in Rockbridge, Virginia, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The newly repurposed plant, previously a warehouse, will manufacture cooling solutions under the Airedale by Modine brand for the growing data centre industry.

Neil Brinker, Modine president and CEO, Eric McGinnis, president, Modine Climate Solutions, and Rockbridge plant manager Thomas Johnson hosted guests on a tour of the new facility and explained why it is ideally located to serve the U.S. data centre market. Virginia is the largest market in the world and Northern Virginia is home to more than 20% of all known hyperscale data centres worldwide.

“The demand for data is growing exponentially,” said Brinker, “and the Rockbridge plant positions Modine to offer a full range of cooling solutions to serve North America customers in the growing data center market. The products we manufacture here are one way Modine is engineering a cleaner, healthier world.”

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“Modine has a proud history in Virginia,” said McGinnis. “I’m delighted to open a new chapter on that with the official opening of the Rockbridge manufacturing plant. The support we’ve received from the local area has been instrumental in getting to this point, and we’re starting to see the benefits now in terms of jobs and economic growth. Virginia is at the heart of the global data center market so there is no better place to be to serve our clients.”

Brinker thanked the government agencies for their support, which included a $194,000 grant from Virginia’s Opportunity Fund. Grant funds supported recruitment efforts that enabled the plant to exceed its initial target of creating 60 new full-time roles. Brinker said that Modine expects to have more roles to fill in the next 12 months as the facility completes on going work to launch an on-site test facility.

Dave Gifford, associate vice president of Corscale, cut the ribbon and declared the plant open. The first six chillers manufactured at the new plant were recently delivered to Corscale’s Gainesville Crossing, VA, data campus following extensive testing at the Airedale headquarters in the UK.

The Modine team with guests at the repurposed Rockbridge plant