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Wärtsilä in the USA

The History of Wärtsilä in the United States

  • 1979
    Wärtsilä Power, Inc (now Wärtsilä North America, Inc.) is incorporated & headquartered in New Orleans, LA
  • 1980
    Doran, Inc. (now Wartsila Defense, Inc.) begins operations in Chesapeake, VA as a propeller repair facility
  • 1988
    Facility is opened in Seattle, WA
  • 1989 
    Facility is opened in Miami, FL
    Headquarters moves to Chestertown, MD. 1st location to house all 3 business areas(Service, Power, Ship Power). New Orleans facility remains operational
  • 1993 
    Annapolis, MD established as new U.S. Headquarters
  • 1997 
    Miami Facility relocates to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. New facility provides room for Service Training Center, Inventory from other offices and Service group moves to this new location from Annapolis
  • 1999
    Wärtsilä Defense, Inc. establishes headquarters in Chesapeake, VA, by consolidating marine shaft sealing business in Buffalo Grove, IL with submarine propeller repair facility
  • 2000
    Wärtsilä Defense, Inc. enters the complete propulsion systems market
  • ​2003 
    U.S. Headquarters established in Houston, TX. All 3 business areas are present in new location. Annapolis office remains open as a Power Plants sales office
    Wärtsilä Defense, Inc. enters the waterjet propulsion market 
    Facility is opened in Long Beach, CA to be near slow speed engine/cruise industry
  • 2005 
    Assets of Gerhardt, Inc. are acquired by Wärtsilä North America, Inc.
  • 2008 
    All Gerhardt, Inc. locations change name to Wärtsilä North America, Inc.
    Assets of CISERV USA are acquired by Wärtsilä North America, Inc.
    Wärtsilä Defense, Inc. doubles propeller repair capacity through building expansion and new construction
  • 2011
    Wärtsilä signs order to equip first ever U.S. flagged LNG offshore vessel 
    A Wärtsilä hybrid diesel propulsion system is donated to the Engineering Department at the State  University of New York, Maritime College. The facility is named "Wärtsilä Lab"
    The NASDAQ Closing Bell ceremony is co-hosted by Wärtsilä and SUNY, Maritime College
  • 2012
    Assets of Hamworthy plc are acquired by Wärtsilä
    Wärtsilä donates controllable pitch propulsion system to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY
    The NASDAQ Opening Bell ceremony is hosted by Wärtsilä
  • 2014
    Facility in Seattle relocates to be closer to Port of Seattle
  • 2015
    ​Wärtsilä hosts Nasdaq Opening Bell Ceremony in honor of its 100th anniversary as a stock-listed company 
    Facility in New Orleans relocates to be closer to petrochemical, offshore and LNG industries
    Wärtsilä completes acquisition of  L-3 Marine Systems International
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