NEMA Appoints ABB Executive to Board of Governors

Michael Plaster

CARY, N.C. — The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) elected Michael Plaster, Lead Business Manager for ABB Electrification in the United States, to its Board of Governors. Plaster has been an executive leader with ABB for 15 years including roles in Utility, Construction, and Industrial markets. He has a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from Purdue University and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Butler University.

“ABB Electrification is a global technology leader dedicated to delivering safe, smart, and sustainable electrification,” said Plaster. “Our partnership with NEMA allows industry leaders to address important issues including safety, digitalization, decarbonization, and workforce readiness.”

NEMA is an important partner for industry sustainability. At ABB, our main targets are to reach carbon neutrality in our operations by 2030 and help customers reduce their annual CO2 emissions by at least 100 megatonnes. This is equivalent to the annual emissions of 30 million combustion cars, 40 coal power plants, or a medium-sized country.

In addition, the United States is an important market for ABB. The Electrification business continues to direct resources in the country following the acquisition of General Electric’s Industrial Solution business. The $2.6 billion acquisition expanded ABB’s portfolio of electrification solutions in 2018. Since 2010, ABB has invested over $14 billion in the United States and the country is the largest market for its products.

Founded in 1926, NEMA is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization made up of business leaders, electrical experts, engineers, scientists, and technicians. NEMA convenes a neutral forum for Members to discuss industry-wide concerns and objectives under a legal umbrella by trained NEMA staff.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems. Our combined industries account for 370,000 American jobs in more than 6,100 facilities covering every state. These industries produce $124 billion in shipments and $42 billion in exports of electrical equipment and medical imaging technologies per year.

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