Navien expands, opens new facility in Virginia

March 26, 2020 By    

Navien will establish its first U.S. manufacturing and assembly operation in April in James City County, Virginia.

Navien is a manufacturer and distributor that specializes in condensing technology for the home comfort sector in North America. Its products include high-efficiency tankless water heaters, combi-boilers and boilers.

The 300,000-sq.-ft. facility will be a distribution center for the first two years and will begin to transition into a manufacturing operation in 2022. The first stage of manufacturing is expected to begin in 2023.

“Navien’s decision to locate its first U.S. manufacturing operation in James City County demonstrates the competitive advantage that Virginia offers to international companies looking to expand into new markets,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says. “This project is an important win for the Greater Williamsburg region and our commonwealth, as Navien will bring a key facility back into productive use, create 180 high-quality jobs and utilize the nearby Port of Virginia as its gateway to the world.”

Navien plans to expand the existing facility in 2023, contingent upon regulatory permits and approvals. The expansion would triple the current footprint to nearly 900,000 sq. ft. by 2026.

“The close proximity of this property to the Port of Virginia and the flexibility to expand and allow for Navien’s continued investment over time helped us make this decision,” Navien CEO Sangkyu Lee says. “Establishing an East Coast facility will support Navien’s growth and allow for faster delivery to primary eastern markets while balancing current shipments coming into California. We look forward to working with the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program as we grow this facility and its importance to Navien’s overall leadership position in North America.”

Products from the new facility will be distributed beginning on April 1 and will be available through a network of wholesale distributors in the U.S. and Canada.

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