By Aaron Burns

ABB, a worldwide leader in power and automation technology with a new office in Huntersville, announced its $100,000 investment in Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh on Oct. 3.

The investment will go toward a “Kid Grid” exhibit, which features hands-on activities in a pretend power grid. ABB’s investment was the first installment in a seven-year pledge.

The new exhibit is scheduled to open in 2014. It’ll be on the museum’s second floor.

“We believe that the engineers ABB will employ and the customers we will serve in 2040 are playing at Marbles today,” ABB President Roger Bailey said in a release. “ABB is proud to invest in the next generation through Kid Grid. Marbles Kids Museum is one of the reasons why the Triangle is a great place to live, work and visit.”

ABB is based internationally in Sweden. Its North American main office is in Cary, but the company employs 2,000 people statewide in Huntersville, Kings Mountain, Shelby, Marion, Raleigh, Pinetops and Weaverville.

The new Huntersville office opened Sept. 19. Production Manager Tony Velotta told the Herald Weekly the company will employ 135 people when it’s fully staffed.