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Aug 04, 2017

Production of Gas Tankless Water Heaters to Start in United States

Rinnai America Corporation (headquarters: Peachtree City, Georgia; president: Yuzo Yoshida) is a subsidiary of Rinnai Corporation (headquarters: Nagoya, Aichi; president: Hiroyasu Naito), a manufacturer of heating and energy appliances that supports people's heating and lifestyle needs. Due to continued growth in the U.S. market, Rinnai America has decided to begin manufacturing gas tankless water heaters in the United States, starting in April 2018.

The U.S. water heater market is estimated to be around 9 million units per year, but the market has traditionally centered on storage-type (tank-based) water heaters. Rinnai America started selling gas tankless water heaters in 1999, and has since worked to expand the market, taking the initiative to increase awareness of gas tankless water heaters, which provide an endless supply of hot water and are more energy efficient than storage-type heaters.

The market for gas tankless water heaters is been growing year by year, with Rinnai America selling 237,000 units in 2016 after surpassing the 200,000 market in 2015. It decided to produce locally in anticipation that sales of gas tankless water heaters will continue increasing.

Rinnai America plans to lease an existing facility (hereinafter, "leased factory") in Griffin, Georgia (around 60km south of Atlanta) and start production of tankless water heaters there in April 2018. At the same time, it will construct a new factory on a separate piece of property acquired in Griffin (hereinafter, "Griffin Factory"). The Griffin Factory is scheduled to start operation in January 2021, upon which production at the leased factory will cease. Annual production capacity for the leased factory is expected to be 100,000 units per year, while that of the Griffin Factory is expected to be 200,000 units.

Overview of New Factories

Leased Factory (provisional name)

Location: Griffin, Georgia
Site area: 61,500m2
Building area: 20,000m2
Production item: Gas tankless water heaters
Production capacity: 100,000 units/year
Number of employees: Approx. 50
 (all new recruits)
Investment amount: Approx. US$8 million
 (Approx. ¥861 million)
Operation start: April 2018 (planned)

Griffin Factory (provisional name)

Location: Griffin, Georgia
Site area: 237,550m2
Building area: 27,000m2
Production item: Gas tankless water heaters
Production capacity: 200,000 units/year
Number of employees: Approx. 140
Investment amount: Approx. US$71 million
 (Approx. ¥7.8 billion)
Construction work start: Beginning of 2019
Operation start: January 2021 (planned)

Operation schedule for new factories (plan)

Corporate Profile of Rinnai America

Name: Rinnai America Corporation
Address: 103 International Drive, Peachtree City, GA
President: Yuzo Yoshida
Capitalization: US$11 million
Net sales: US$213 million (¥23.5 billion) (Fiscal 2016, ended December 31, 2016, actual)
Number of employees: 206 (As of December 31, 2016)
Main products: Gas tankless water heaters, and gas heaters
Established: August 20, 1974
Equity breakdown: 100% held by Rinnai Corporation (*Consolidated subsidiary)

 

 

Since its foundation, the Rinnai spirit has embodied a "commitment to heat and lifestyles," "quality is our destiny," and "contribution to local communities." We will ensure the succession of the Rinnai spirit to advance our overseas business according to local needs.

 

 

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Tel: +81 (52) 361-8211

 

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