Denyo Manufacturing held a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony Tuesday marking a $7 million expansion at the Danville plant.
Shigeru Koga, president of Denyo Co. Ltd., said the Japanese company made the decision to expand the Danville facility last year. The plant at 1450 Minor Road employs 135 people.
Denyo is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of engine-driven generators, welders and air compressors.
The $7 million expansion is the third and most significant investment in the Danville facility since it opened in 1995, according to a press release from the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership. The expansion houses new electrostatic coating and powder-painting systems for metal parts of generators.
“We have committed to stay in Kentucky and committed to grow together in Kentucky. In order to stay competitive and to further improve product quality, we decided last year to make an additional investment in Danville,” Koga said. “As our business is expanding all over the world, Denyo is now actively investing outside of Japan. The reason we made the decision to invest here is not only that the United States is one of the most important markets for us, but also because we can share a common value in many fields.”
One of those common values is striving for a sustainable future.
“The new systems are energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly and employee-friendly as well,” Koga said.
The new systems will increase the quality of the company’s products and will improve Denyo’s environmental footprint. Most of the chemicals and equipment in the new metal cleaning and treating process work at ambient temperatures, which will reduce the amount of natural gas consumed. The new coatings and equipment are water-based and do not require any organic solvents, which will reduce the use of flammable chemicals in the facility. The new processes will reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated, will nearly eliminate regulated air emissions, and will reduce the amount of process water that is discharged to the city’s sewer system.
Not only is Denyo committed to investing in the future of the environment, but it is committed to investing in the local economy as well.
After the first generator was produced in Danville in 1996, the company experienced a slow, but steady, growth in production, in response to increasing market share in the U.S. In 2006, Denyo expanded the Danville facility from 84,000 to 146,600 square feet, and added a second assembly line and 20 new jobs.
Denyo Manufacturing Corp. produces 31 different models of diesel engine-driven generators from 10,000 to 30,000 watts of electrical power for the North American market. The generators are marketed, sold and serviced under the MQ Power label by California-based Multiquip Corp.
Jody Lassiter, president and chief executive officer of the EDP, said the partnership between Denyo, Itochu International Inc. and Multiquip Manufacturing Corp. is vital to the success of the Danville facility, which was recently named the 2012 Kentucky Manufacturer of the Year for mid-sized companies.
“I want to thank those partners that are making this company operate every day and are making this local facility successful; specifically the great 135 employees of this facility that make it all happen,” Lassiter said.
Lassiter said the branches of the EDP, along with local and state government leaders, have helped contribute to the success of Denyo and other local businesses.
“Because of those partnerships, we are able to serve Denyo more effectively by being connected and working together to the vital work of economic development in our community ... Nine partners at the local level, connected, working shoulder-to-shoulder to ensure the work of economic development is done effectively and that we serve your employees, your local management, and the community as a whole,” Lassiter said during the presentation.
Danville Mayor Bernie Hunstad said the celebration of the Denyo expansion is really about jobs and families.
“This is not a small commitment. This is a large commitment, and this is appreciated by all of the partners in our community,” Hunstad said.
“This allows Denyo to remain competitive. This is about quality and staying in the market and keeping jobs in Danville and Boyle County. For that, I am grateful. ... I thank Denyo for expressing strong confidence in our community and our local workforce in our environment by choosing to make another capital investment. We are a committed partner and we want to support all the business needs within our community. We all prosper and grow together as partners.”
About Denyo Manufacturing Corp.
In 1995, Denyo Co. purchased an existing building at 1450 Minor Road in Danville to house the company’s only North American manufacturing facility. The result was the creation of Denyo Manufacturing Corp. — the company’s only facility in the United States. Denyo also has three facilities in Japan, one in Indonesia and one in Vietnam.
The generators produced in Danville are prime power units, engineered to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the full load capacity in settings where access to electrical utilities does not exist — cell towers, drilling rigs in remote locations, construction sites, military field operations and outdoor events such as concerts and NASCAR races. Another critical use is in restoring electrical power in the aftermath of natural disasters, like hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and severe ice storms.
Denyo was the first manufacturer in the industry to offer a range of diesel-powered generators that meet the EPA’s Tier 4 emissions standards. Coupled with the company’s established reputation for well-engineered, dependable products, the latest innovation makes Denyo the leader in the market with quiet, clean, reliable generator options.
Source: Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership