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Daifuku opens new North American HQ

New facility will be dedicated to showcasing the company’s material handling solutions and equipment

October 19, 2017

Daifuku and government officials cut the ribbon on the new HQ.

NOVI, Michigan — Daifuku North America has opened the doors to its new Headquarters in Novi, Michigan.

The new facility will be dedicated to showcasing the company’s material handling solutions and equipment and will also be utilized for testing and design purposes. The nearly 77,000-square-foot facility houses over 300 employees and includes the company’s in-house demonstration centre showcasing the newest innovations and state-of-the-art Factory Acceptance Testing Center.

Aki Nishimura, president and CEO of Daifuku North America, commented, “As a growing company, we are thrilled to be able to stay right here in the Metro Detroit area. In past decades, we have certainly benefitted from Southeastern Michigan’s vast pool of talented engineering professionals and other skilled laborers that are essential to maintaining the staffing needs of a vibrant, growing company; and the coming years will be no different.”

The modern facility represents a step towards Daifuku North America’s future growth and expansion plans and it will be creating 85 new jobs in Michigan before 2019. The majority of these jobs will be created in Novi, with the balance at the firm’s manufacturing facilities in Boyne City, MI and Harbor Springs, MI.

Speaking on the occasion Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said, “Daifuku’s significant investment in our state is a testament to our reformed business climate and exceptional workforce. It was an honour to be a part of the grand opening ceremony and I appreciate the commitment that Daifuku has made to both our state and the people who call it home.”

Daifuku North America Holding Company has sales and manufacturing locations throughout the continent. It is composed of Daifuku America Corporation, Jervis B. Webb Company, Elite Line Services, Inc. (ELS), and Wynright Corporation and is a global leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and service of innovative material handling technology such as automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), conveyors, baggage handling systems, bulk handling systems, cleanroom systems and airport maintenance services. Daifuku North America specializes in integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, semiconductor, LCD equipment, food/beverage, bulk, warehousing and manufacturing industries.