Named HISA, the plant in Joaçaba was founded in 1950 and became part of the WEG Group in 2007. It currently has more than 270 employees producing turbines for small hydroelectric power plants in Brazil and Latin America.
About Joaçaba, SC
Eighth best city to live in Brazil according to survey, Joaçaba is located in the mid-west of the state of Santa Catarina and has just over 27 thousand inhabitants. Its fertile land for planting attracted German and Italian immigrants who settled the city. Today, its economy is sustained by industry, mainly the metal-mechanical and wood processing segments.
Joaçaba was settled by gaúcho immigrants who came originally from Italy and Germany. (Gaúchos are inhabitants of the pampas of South America).
Tourism thrives on traditional events such as the street carnival which brings together around 200 thousand people (the city has a population of approximately 27 thousand inhabitants) and the procession to Friar Bruno’s monument which attracts thousands of pilgrims. The monument is the third largest in America.
Joaçaba hosts some of the races of the Automobile Racing Championship of Santa Catarina and attracts people from all around the state to the Cavalo de Aço racetrack.
The track receives around 5,000 spectators and 70 drivers at each competition and is one of the most traditional rally cross tracks in the state and of southern Brazil.
WEG Localization in Joaçaba, SC