Sixty year ago, Miura designed and engineered a unique industrial steam boiler that would one day change the industry by providing better efficiency, reliability, and safer overall operation. As the company expanded into the North American market, the benefits and advantages of buying a Miura boiler, which included full steam from a cold start in less than five minutes, caught the attention of a number of buyers who were exploring alternatives to traditional boilers.
“Ten years ago, our Canadian manufacturing facility serviced all of North America,” said Doug MacMaster, senior VP U.S. operations. "But it wasn’t long before they couldn’t make steam boilers fast enough to meet the growing demand in the US market, and a decision was made to build a new manufacturing facility right here in Rockmart, Georgia.”
Now, 10 years later, that facility has grown from a handful of employees to more than 120 engineers, machinists, welders, IT professionals, product developers, support specialists, and sales reps; while boiler production has doubled as more U.S.-based companies turn to Miura’s greener, on-demand steam boilers that simplify installation, operation, and maintenance requirements.
“The impressive growth of Miura steam boilers in the US market can be credited to our industry-leading technology, and the commitment of the dedicated people who work here,” said Miura America Company President Tatsuya Fujiwara. “We will never take our success for granted and will always work hard to provide our customers with innovative advantages that support their steam requirements.”
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its Rockmart, Georgia, U.S. headquarters, Miura, which today provides complete solutions to a customer’s steam boiler system needs, the company recently invited representatives and vendors from all over the country to show its appreciation and thank everyone for their ongoing support.
“We have long recognized the importance of working with representatives who understood the quality and value of our product and we wanted to say thank you,” said Carrie Murakami, Miura’s general affairs lead, who helped organize the event. “It was a special occasion, so we wanted to make it a special day for all.”
The event featured tours of the Miura facility, speeches from employees and local dignitaries and plenty of good food. Among the highlights was Miura receiving a renewal of its OSHA Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certification, and the raising of the SHARP flag at Miura’s U.S. headquarters as the event concluded.
The SHARP designation is awarded to those businesses that have used OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program services and operate exemplary safety and health programs. Companies that earn the OSHA SHARP designation must also have injury and illness rates below the national average.
Currently, Miura rates as one of the safest places to work in Georgia, and since opening its 100,000-square-foot U.S. manufacturing in 2009, Miura has focused on achieving the distinction of becoming the safest workplace in the steam boiler industry.
“Miura was founded on a philosophy of safety and conservation,” added MacMaster. “It remains a priority mission of our company.”
The philosophy is supported by Miura’s best-in-industry steam boiler safety record, a remarkable achievement that continues to impress current and new customers. With more than 150,000 units in operation worldwide, Miura has never had a pressure vessel explosion resulting in casualty.
The company’s “safer-by-design” engineering, combined with its unique boiler geometry, means that catastrophic vessel failure is practically impossible, and day-to-day safety issues related to installation, operation, and maintenance are greatly minimized.
Miura boilers also have numerous safeguards beyond primary vessel safety to ensure not only safe operations, but also highly efficient and reliable operation.
Miura boilers are available in two series, LX and EX. The company also provides a range of products, from earth-friendly chemicals that are added to the water supply to extend boiler life to innovative remote monitoring systems.
The LX Gas/Low NOx Series, Low and High Pressure Steam Boiler (available in boiler models ranging from 50 -300HP) use natural gas or propane and are available in a range of steam pressure options (300 MAWP, 170 MAWP or 15 MAWP). Their compact size allows most models to fit through an industrial 7-foot doorway, while their naturally low NOx (nitrogen oxides) ratings are as low as 9ppm depending on model. This meets or exceeds current and proposed regulations for nitrogen oxide emissions levels.
The EX Gas/Oil Series High Pressure Steam Boilers (available in boiler models starting from 100HP, and in 50HP increments up to 300HP) are among the most versatile industrial steam boilers in the world. The EX design minimizes carryover and produces dry saturated steam in less than five minutes from a cold start. Faster start-up means less fuel used, greater savings, and more responsible use of precious natural resources.
Achieving 10 years in business in a highly competitive market is a great achievement. But, expanding market share significantly over that time is the true test of a great company.