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Daikin breaks ground on $417m US facility

Daikin-HoustonUSA: Daikin has broken ground on its new $417m, 350,000m² production facility near Houston.

The new, consolidated hvac equipment engineering, manufacturing and logistics campus in Waller, will provide a manufacturing base for most of the Daikin, Goodman and Amana brands in Texas and Tennessee, while adding expansion capacity to accommodate projected growth.

Representatives from Daikin headquarters in Japan, in addition to senior Daikin staff from Houston, as well as several city council members, attended the event.

The new factory is Daikin’s largest investment in North America and is expected to provide jobs for up to 4,000.

Operations that will be relocated to the new business campus include engineering, logistics, procurement, manufacturing and marketing. According to Daikin, this consolidation reflects its global commitment to local, in-country manufacturing.

The new campus is expected to be operational mid-2016. It will provide the base for the full range of ducted residential and light commercial products, as well as commercial VRV products which are currently manufactured and imported from abroad.

Ducted systems are typical of conventional North American construction, with VRV and ductless systems being more prevalent elsewhere in the world. However, VRV and ductless systems have gained rapid acceptance in the North American marketplace and represent one of the fastest growing HVAC market segments.

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