Rinnai America Corporation, manufacturer of tankless gas water heaters, has manufactured its first unit in the United States, just eight months after it announced plans to start manufacturing domestically.
The first unit was a Rinnai HE+ Series, RL model, non-condensing, Wi-Fi-compatible tankless water heater. It will be commemorated in the lobby of the Rinnai America Manufacturing facility in Griffin, Georgia.
“This initial unit from our temporary manufacturing location is the completion of the inaugural step on our path to establish the first major U.S. manufacturing site for tankless water heaters. This location, in Spalding County, is the foundation for completing our Greenfield manufacturing and distribution site,” said Derrick Black, vice president of operations for Rinnai America Corporation. “By creating a manufacturing capability based on the belief that Quality Is Our Destiny, we will surely be able to captivate customers.”
Rinnai previously announced its plans to build a North American manufacturing facility in Griffin, Georgia. A new 300,000-square-foot facility is currently being constructed with completion slated for 2020. Rinnai will produce both residential and commercial products at the new manufacturing site.
Rinnai is also announcing a training partnership with Georgia Quick Start and Southern Crescent Technical College. Georgia Quick Start, the workforce training program, is providing customized training to support Rinnai’s manufacturing efforts in North America with an investment of $70 million. The Quick Start project focuses on training for the new assembly processes that will be implemented at the upcoming facility.