By Ralph Bivins
Increasing Work Force: New Daikin Factory Ups Employment Target from 4,000 to 6,000 at the World’s Largest Tilt-Wall Building
NORTHWEST HOUSTON, Texas – The economic impact of the massive new Daikin Industries facility keeps getting bigger.
A company spokesman now says Daikin may have as many as 6,000 employees when the plant is fully operational in Northwest Houston. That’s a significant increase over the 4,000-employee work force that Daikin expected when the HVAC factory was announced last year.
“We are forecasting that total full employment” at the 4.1 million-square-foot Daikin Industries, Ltd. facility “will be a number between 5,000 and 6,000,” said Rex Anderson, director of communications for the Osaka, Japan-based company, which builds heating and air conditioner systems.
Daikin’s facility – located off of U.S. 290, about three miles west of Grand Parkway will be complete around the first of the year. Some employees are already working there.
The $417 million project is the largest tilt-wall construction project in the world. It’s as large as 74 football fields. The building will have distribution and office space, in addition to the manufacturing space.