Cover Story: U.S. Energy Capital?

By Jeff Atkinson - bio l email

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - It's a company you've never heard of.  They make these pancake-looking gadgets.

But years from now you're going to need them to power your car, your TV and all the electronics in your home.

And now we know, Swiss manufacturer ABB is setting up shop in our back yard.

ABB makes the next generation of high-voltage power lines.

And it announced Thursday there's only one place in the country where it's going to produce them - here in Mecklenburg county.

And this further cements our status as one of America's energy hubs.

In addition to ABB, Siemens Energy, along with Duke, Shaw, Westinghouse, Areva, and the Babcock and Wilcox Corporation all have or plan major energy operations in our area.

Why did they choose here?

PrimeTime's Jeff Atkinson has our Cover Story.

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