Daikin Applied has proposed to expand production capabilities with a new state-of-the-art, built-to-order manufacturing facility in Southern Minnesota, north of the city of Faribault. Daikin Applied is a division of Daikin Industries headquartered in Japan. Daikin Industries already has two successful US plants in Faribault and Owatonna, Minnesota. Daikin Industries’ executives and team members explored multiple site options outside of the United States of America, in different regions of the United States of America, and different locations at Minnesota; and have recognized Southern Minnesota as the best opportunity for the planned manufacturing facility, given the region’s skilled talent base and past achievements in designing and producing complex, highly specified equipment. Vice President and General Manager Will Fort leads operations at both Minnesota plants, and will spearhead the development of this new factory. Daikin Applied currently employs approximately 900 people in its factories in Southern Minnesota. The new factory is expected to add significant new employment opportunities to the community.
Jim Glen, manufacturing liaison engineer, who brings to the team over 28 years of manufacturing experience in the region, is actively engaged with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Rice County and the City of Faribault to finalize state and local government financial assistance approvals to support the infrastructure, investment, and employment needs of the new facility. Approval of these financial resources at the local and state government levels is key to the project proceeding, and will allow transformation of the site and bringing the factory on line in 2019.